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Legislature Sends Budget, Trailer Bills to Governor

AB 86, Education Trailer Bill, Details Actions Affecting Schools 

If Governor Jerry Brown signs the state budget bill by June 30th without making any changes, public education will see $55.3 billion in Proposition 98 funding for 2013-2014. That figure includes $2.1 billion for the governor's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), $1.25 billion to implement the Common Core State Standards, and $4.3 billion to begin to pay down money the state has owed to schools from past years. 

The trailer bills with the greatest direct impact on public education are AB 86, which contains the "education trailer language," SB 91, which deals with the Local Control Funding Formula, and AB 78, which governs how schools may use Proposition 39 funds to reduce their energy costs by adding "green technology." 

Overall, the new state budget would: 

-  Provide LCFF target base grants of $6845 for K-3, $6947 for 4-6, $7154 for 7-8, and $8289 for 9-12.
-  Increase the K-3 base grant by 10.4% for Class Size Reduction and the 9-12 base grant by 2.6% to encourage the provision of Career and Technical Education programs.
-  Establish LCFF supplemental grant of 20% of the base for students identified as English learners, foster care youth, or in financial need (as defined by eligibility in the Free or Reduce Price Meal Program).
-  Phase in the LCFF over eight years.
-  Allocate $250 million in one-time funds for Career and Technical Education.
-  Underwrite a 1.63% enrollment growth funding for the community colleges, pay down community college deferrals by $178 million in 2012-2013 and another $30 million in 2013-14, and provide $25 million in planning grants for adult education programs to promote regional collaboration between community colleges and K-12 school districts.
-  Maintain total revenue limit and categorical program funding for each district and charter school at its 2013 level.
-  Create new charter school accountability.
-  Empower districts to create local accountability plans without giving overriding authority to county offices of education. 

Under state law, the governor has the power of the "line-item" veto to blue-pencil or reduce appropriations in the spending bills sent to him by the legislature. The constitution gives him until June 30th to sign the budget. 

For more detailed information, see CTA's 2013-14 State Budget Highlights.

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