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State Budget

  • Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget on June 24. He and California state lawmakers had agreed on a preliminary budget deal a week prior, on June 16. For education, the new budget includes $68.4 billion for kindergarten through 12th grade schools and community colleges, $17 billion for the state's higher education systems, and $1 billion to deferred payments owed to schools.

    The final budget is very close in content to the revised state budget proposal released on May 14, where Gov. Brown allocated billions more for schools. The $169-billion overall spending plan, which is $4 billion larger than the one Brown proposed in January, gives schools and community colleges $68.4 billion for the next fiscal year - $6 billion more than was anticipated earlier this year.

    The plan sets the stage to begin to restore critical student programs, and provides crucial support to ensure that there is a qualified teacher in every classroom. Students, schools and colleges are owed billions because of the recession and the Proposition 98 maintenance factor. The revised budget proposal includes repayment of the debt, pointing public education toward the road to recovery.

    In keeping with the promise of Proposition 30, the governor's revised state budget proposal places the focus on California's students. The new budget took effect July 1.

    On the May Revise:
     Former CTA President Dean E. Vogel's statement 
     Governor Jerry Brown's news release 
     Key points   Graphs and charts (PowerPoint)

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  • The Basics of California's School Finance System
    Every summer, the California legislature and the governor decide how much money and how many resources will go to kindergarten – grade 12 public education.
  • Proposition 98: What You Should Know

    Passed by California voters in 1988, Proposition 98 sets a minimum funding guarantee for public education. That amount can vary slightly from year to year but is usually around 40 - 41 percent.

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