Conferees Send Legislators Budget Compromise: All Schools Would Get More Funds
Proposal Would Allocate $1.25 Billion to Implement Common Core
A newly approved budget proposal would give all districts in California the most funding since 2007-08, the last year before $20 billion in cuts devastated public schools.
The proposal, sent back to both the Senate and the Assembly by an eight-member joint conference committee, would also over two years provide $1.25 billion in one-time funding to help implement the Common Core State Standards. These funds are much needed for professional development for educators and textbooks and supplies for students.
The agreed-upon budget also provides funding for an amended version of Gov. Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). That proposal would make school funding less complicated and more transparent. The plan would also provide additional moneys to help districts width high numbers and concentrations of students who are more costly to educate. These students include English learners and students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches.
CTA has supported the goals of the governor’s LCFF and has been negotiating width the governor and the legislature over the details and timeline for implementation. CTA has been especially concerned that all districts receive payback of funds owed to them from prior years and that nothing in the accountability provisions of the LCFF negatively impact chapters’ ability to negotiate over funding decisions through the collective bargaining process.
CTA has also been discussing its others concerns width the governor and lawmakers, including concerns about adult education and class size reduction programs.
The compromise budget must be approved by both houses before it is sent to the governor. Lawmakers have until June 15 to send the governor their final plan, and the governor has until June 30 to sign it into law.