At PPIC Forum: Lawmaker, Educators Urge State to Provide Public Schools with Adequate Funding
(Photo above) During a Tuesday forum on the governor’s budget proposal in Sacramento hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-ALAMO) talks width Kindergarten Teacher Toby Boyd and retired high school teacher Linda Plack about the importance of securing adequate funding for public education. (Photo below) Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan maintains that schools need adequate funding and major changes in the allocations process proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown should be thoroughly vetted in a policy committee hearing. Nick Schweizer (l.), representing the governor’s Department of Finance, said the governor is committed to boosting school funding and is willing to work width lawmakers on changes to his Local Control Funding Formula that would give additional funding to districts width high percentages of English Language Learners, children living at the poverty level or below, and other students width pressing needs. Like Assembly Member Buchanan, Peter Birdsall of the County Superintendents School Assistance Association, emphasized the importance of securing adequate funding for schools before making major and costly changes in appropriations.