The state Senate and Assembly today passed AB 110, the legislature's budget bill that will make a historic change in how schools are funded. The new budget, which is on its way to the governor for his signature, also provides more than $2 billion to begin repaying school districts funding they are owed after years of drastic cuts. It provides additional funding to ensure that virtually all districts get back to their 2007-08 state funding levels. It also targets more funding to help the state's neediest students.
"While it will take years for our schools to fully recover, this budget is a big step in the right direction. It's been a long time since we've seen a state budget proposal with a significant increase in education funding," said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. "The governor's Local Control Funding Formula that is part of the final budget adds up to renewed opportunities for our schools. We are also encouraged by the $1.25 billion for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These new standards will dramatically impact teaching and learning. Educators must have the resources they need to help students succeed."
New language regarding school district accountability provisions in the final budget protects collective bargaining and limits the oversight of County Offices of Education. This agreement holds the promise of a better future for our students. Take a closer look at details of the agreed-upon budget.
The legislature approved the spending bill a day before the June 15 deadline for sending the measure to the governor. The governor has until June 30 to sign the budget into law to take effect on July 1, the start of the state's new fiscal year.
Lawmakers are also debating and approving several "budget trailer measures" that help implement the new spending plan.