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Byline: Jessica Portner
May 15--SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Gov. Gray Davis has kept his proposed education budget largely intact, relieving educators who were bracing for a severe belt-tightening in a year of budget woes.
At the same time, Davis proposed a one-time expenditure of $540 million to help schools pay for escalating energy bills. Schools would be eligible for the funds if they cut power usage by 10 percent.
"I'm not about to let my commitment to education slide," said Davis, repeating his desire to become the state's educator-in-chief.
Davis made small-scale adjustments to his initial budget proposals, modifying his plan to extend the …