The national CBS Evening News recently aired a story detailing the magnitude of budget cuts in the Long Beach Unified School District. CBS visited local classrooms affected by class size increases, interviewing students, teachers and LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.
CBS noted that 300,000 educators have been laid off nationwide due to budget cuts since 2008, and in LBUSD more than 1,000 positions have been cut.
Come January, CBS further noted, if the state is taking in less revenue than planned, $1.5 billion in new cuts to education could automatically take place. That could cost LBUSD another $30 million.
"That's unacceptable," Steinhauser told CBS. "We have to stop this. We're going to pay big time in five, 10 years from now when we don't have an educated workforce. People have got to think in the long term."