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Education Officials Upset Over Governor's CalPADS Veto



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 18, 2010

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed almost seven million dollars in funding for the program known as CalPADS. The system tracks long-term student data like test scores and movement between schools.

State Superintended of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says denying the funds looks bad to the federal government and doesn't bode well for more federal stimulus money coming to the state.

"The governor's veto was clearly shortsighted. It's going to make it more difficult for us to try to be competitive for federal grants."

Matt Connelly is with the Governor's office. He says Schwarzenegger doesn't think the Department of Education was doing a good job implementing CalPADS.

"They've been working on this system for many years now and many millions of dollars and we don't have an effective statewide longitudinal data system. So the Governor vetoed that funding because he believes they need to be held accountable for that funding."

As for the funds the Governor vetoed; they're federal dollars. That means the money will just sit around until the next budget.
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