SACRAMENTO — Gov. George Deukmejian today announced that he is forming a state commission to study public schools and "make sure the taxpayers' money is being spent wisely," and said he was purposely excluding state schools Supt. Bill Honig from the panel.
In naming the 15-member commission, the Republican governor said he would not invite Honig to be involved "because of the fact that many of the problems the commission is going to be exploring unfortunately have not been adequately addressed by Mr. Honig." Honig and the governor have been waging a running battle all year over how much money should be budgeted for schools.
The panel, announced by the governor at a Capitol news conference, will be called the California Commission on Educational Quality, and will be chaired by former San Francisco Mayor George Christopher.
He said the commission will be ordered to file a preliminary report by Dec. 1. Among its tasks will be to: