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Teachers union attacks Schwarzenegger's proposed suspension of Proposition 98

The California Teachers Assn. launches a television ad blasting the governor for suggesting a $3 billion cut to the funding guarantees for schools.

July 10, 2009|Michael Rothfeld

SACRAMENTO — The California Teachers Assn. unveiled a television ad Thursday attacking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his proposal to suspend Proposition 98, the law that sets funding guarantees for schools.

Schwarzenegger last week proposed reducing the guarantee by $3 billion for the coming fiscal year to help address the state's $26.3-billion deficit.

The well-funded union, which has turned public opinion against the governor in the past, focuses its commercial on Schwarzenegger's failure in 2005 to repay money he had promised to return after suspending the guarantee the year before. "He said he was sorry," the ad says. "He said never again. . . . And now Schwarzenegger says he'll break the minimum guarantee to our schools again."

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor would not be dissuaded.

"Regardless of how many ads are run against the governor, he is standing strong for a balanced budget that makes the necessary cuts to live within our means," McLear said.

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michael.rothfeld@latimes.com

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