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An Alameda Superior Court judge on Thursday extended - for one more day - a temporary block he placed on budget cuts that will eliminate a welfare-to-work childcare program serving 56,000 children.

Judge Wynne Carvill said he'll issue a decision Friday on a suit filed challenging a $256 million line-item veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The funding, which was slated to stop Nov. 1, subsidizes childcare costs of parents who are working and have been off cash aid provided by the state's CalWORKS program.

Parent Voices Oakland and four working parents who rely on the childcare aid filed suit against the state Department of Education, asking for a temporary stay because their jobs would be jeopardized if they can't afford childcare.

Legislative Democrats have said they will try to restore the slashed funding when they reconvene.


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