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State Budget

  • On January 9, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed state budget for 2015-16 which includes $7.8 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges. This includes $998 million to pay off all remaining outstanding deferral debt, which was more than $10 billion in 2011-12. The budget proposal also includes $762 million for CSU and UC systems of higher education and $1.1 billion toward the ongoing implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The governor maintains his commitment to subsidiarity and the ongoing implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula to ensure educators, students, parents and communities are making collaborative decisions that will lead to student success.

    “The governor’s budget proposal gives us hope after learning yesterday that California ranks 46th in the nation in per-pupil funding," said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. "Even with the fruits of Prop. 30 and unprecedented revenue increases, we’re still at the bottom nationally on how much we invest in our students. We see the governor’s continued commitment to a brighter future for our state by allocating funds to repay the billions of dollars that had been cut from students, schools and colleges. Now school districts – working alongside educators, parents and communities – can continue to restore critical programs so our students have more one-on-one attention, inviting classrooms and a well-rounded curriculum. In the face of new academic standards, educators continue to do good work in our schools, and the increased funding the governor has proposed for the ongoing implementation of the Common Core State Standards will help support educators with training and up-to-date materials. Our college students have felt the pain of increasing tuition costs, so we commend the governor for investing in higher education and recognizing that students cannot continue to foot that bill. Educators are equally committed to their students and a brighter future for California. We look forward to working with the governor and all lawmakers for a productive legislative session that will move us in that direction.”

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     Legislative Analyst's Office review of 2015-16 state budget
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