Gov. George Deukmejian can be proud that he has helped California's education system recover from years of neglect. That makes it all the more a mystery why, despite brave claims in his State of the State address, the governor is proposing a budget that many observers feel will be a disaster for public education.
State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig has rightfully taken the governor to task for this unwise move, which will penalize California's children and the state's future. Local school boards and elected officials are nearly unanimous in their condemnation. City councils have passed motions condemning the budget for shortchanging public education.
The matter should not be allowed to die down and be left to politicians for resolution without further public input. It is time other voices were added to the chorus thus far raised against the governor's proposal--the voices of California's private schools.
Surprised? You shouldn't be. The private school is a long-established American institution, fully as much as its public counterpart is. Those who work in private schools are perhaps far more aware of the value of the public school system than the average citizen is. They know the value and the limitations of the private school in this country--and the importance of a strong public education system.