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October 17, 2003

Arnie: Declaring War on School Unions

Aside from selling California to the energy companies at a fire sale price, Arnie's first announced plan to "help" education is to privatize services and hand them over to contractor friends, regardless of savings to the public.

Last year, the legislature passed a law requiring that schools would have to show that savings from contracting out services would come from greater efficiency, not merely slashing salaries. Arnie wants to repeal the law:

The law "provides a sense of stability to the work force," [the law's author Richard] Alarcon said, and merely requires school officials to show they can save money without replacing current employees with lower-paid workers.

"The whole point was to shed light on accountability in schools," he said, "so when they do contract out, they have to give the public an accounting of the savings."

Privatization and busting unions-- Arnie's just a chip off the Bushie Halliburton block.

Posted by Nathan at October 17, 2003 01:21 AM