Education leaders decry potential state budget slash

Chancellor Blumenthal speaks at the news conference. Behind him are Brian King, president of Cabrillo College (immediately to the left of the chancellor); Dianne Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay; Michael Watkins, superintendent of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. (Photo by Guy Lasnier)

Chancellor Blumenthal joined the presidents of Cabrillo College and California State University, Monterey Bay, and the Superintendent of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in a news conference at Cabrillo College April 14, calling for continued state investment in education.

"We urge the governor and the legislature to find ways to minimize cuts to all sectors of education," Blumenthal said. "Now is the time to invest in education."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to slash higher education funding by about 10 percent, which college and university leaders statewide say would deny education to tens of thousands of qualified students and have a devastating long-term effect on the state's economy.

Blumenthal said the University of California will offer a place to every eligible applicant this year but there is no guarantee for fall 2009 if budgets are cut.

To view the full transcript of the chancellor's remarks, click here.