Pangelinan Cites OPA’s Support in His Call for Release of GDOE Funds Held in Reserve

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Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan is again raising concerns about the negative impact of  withholding 15%  of Guam DOE’s budget in reserve.

The 15% reserve will tie up $30-million for DOE’s budget.

In a release, the Appropriations Committee Chair cites recent remarks by Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks who also expressed concern about putting that much money in reserve because it may result in school shutdowns and layoffs of DOE employees.

The release quotes Pangelinan as saying that “GDOE simply cannot function with this unrealistic reserve of $30 million being placed on the backs of the students and teachers.”

The Senator says that the withholding of these funds would start shutting down some operations at GDOE by June.

Pangelinan says that he has sent several letters to the Calvo Administration  urging the release of the unrealistic 15% reserve, “but the Governor has continued to hide in silence.”

READ Senator Panagelinan’s release in FULL below:

PUBLIC AUDITOR SUPPORTS PANGELINAN’S PLEAS TO GOVERNOR TO RELEASE $30 MILLION OF EDUCATION FUNDS BEING WITHHELD

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (January 26, 2012– Hagåtña) – Senator Vicente (ben) Cabrera Pangelinan (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations continues to warn the Governor of the consequences of withholding 15% of the Guam Department of Education GDOE budget. He has sent several letters to the Calvo Administration over the past few months, urging him to release the unrealistic 15% reserve that was placed on GDOE, but the Governor has continued to hide in silence.

Now, the Public Auditor has expressed the same concerns articulated by Senator Pangelinan. In a recent media report, Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks adds to the concerns that Senator Pangelinan has expressed that expecting DOE to adjust by $30,000,000 is going to be a very difficult task and will involve shutdowns, layoffs, and so on.

“The GDOE simply cannot function with this unrealistic reserve of $30 million being placed on the backs of the students and teachers,” stated Pangelinan. “I am glad that the Public Auditor agrees with this assessment which will hopefully put an end to this 15% withholding of funds that the Governor has imposed on our children in his effort to support education.”

Senator Pangelinan stresses that the withholding of these funds would shut down the operations of the GDOE by June of this fiscal year, which would further exacerbate the ability of the department to provide an adequate education as well as a timely start date for the next school year.

Pangelinan concluded, “At this point in the Fiscal Year, the Guam Education Board should have already approved reductions to the GDOE Budget, now the entire education system is at-risk of shutting down, because the only way to save the $30 million is to close the schools down.”

For further information, please contact the Offices of Senator ben pangelinan at 473-4236 or email at senbenp@guam.net