The Governor’s Budget proposal to fund Prop 98 at a level that reflects the increased revenues from the November 2012 election and his effort to eliminate the wall of debt by paying down deferrals is supported by the Education Coalition. This reflects the Coalition’s long standing principle to protect the integrity of the Proposition 98 guarantee.
The Education Coalition also reaffirms that the use of new revenues to fund cost-of-living adjustments, enrollment growth, and to start reversing the deep budget cuts that were made to California’s public schools should be a priority. California continues to be the 8th largest economy in the world and our academic standards are among the most rigorous in the country, but our investment in education is among the lowest compared to other states.
California is 49th in per-pupil spending at $8,482, which was 28% below the national average of $11,824 according to Education Week’s annual survey released in January 2013.
Read the Education Coalition Budget Position Paper