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Governor releases May revision to the state budget

Gov. Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his proposed state budget plan Thursday, May 17. Recognizing higher state revenues than expected in January, the governor maintains his ongoing commitment to increase funding to our students of greatest need and proposes $3.2 billion more in Proposition 98 (K-14) funding for 2017-18 compared to the current year. 

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State Revenues up Another 4.5%, Controller Chiang Reports

Voters’ approval of Proposition 30 in November 2012 is still paying dividends for California, its schools, and its students, according to the July 2014 “cash report” issued by State Controller John Chiang.

Total revenues for July, which is the first month of the state’s 2014-2015 fiscal or accounting year, are outpacing estimates in the Budget Act by $231.9 million or $4.5%.

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School Districts to Get $372 Million for 105 Construction Projects, Supt. Torlakson announces

The sounds of hammering and sawing could soon be welcome noise in more 43 school districts that are receiving more than $372 million for new construction and modernization projects, reports State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The districts are receiving funding as a result of disbursement decisions made today by the State Allocation Board (SAB).

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Significant Drop in Number of Districts in Financial Trouble, Supt. Torlakson Reports

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is reporting that the number of districts in financial trouble has dropped by more than 50%, year over year.

Last year at this time, 124 local education agencies (LEAs) were in either “negative or qualified” financial status, according to the First Interim Status Report for 2012-13.  By May 2013, 92 LEAs were still in a troubled financial place.

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Devastating Cuts Reduced Faculty: Recovery Will Take Time

A new report from the Sacramento Bee based on data from the state credentialing agency paints a stark picture of how years of underfunding have decimated California’s teaching ranks.

The Bee finds that from 2008 to 2013, funding cuts reduced the number of new teachers by more than 40%.   The Bee concludes the layoff had a corollary effect on teacher recruitment by discouraging enrollment in teaching programs in the state by about 41%.

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Poll: Californians Support Taxing Soda to Boost Funding for School Nutrition

Californians would be willing to dig into their own pockets to help fight obesity if the proceeds fund school nutrition programs, according to a newly released California Poll/California Endowment survey.

The survey finds that by a 68-29% margin, voters would support a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages if it resulted in financial support for physical education and nutrition programs for school-aged children. Voters oppose the sugar-beverages tax by 53-40% unless the funds go to schools for things like nutrition and physical education programs.

The survey polled 1,184 Californians by telephone between Oct. 7 and Oct. 24. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.0%, according to the pollsters.

Read the full public release at the Field Poll Online.

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Poll: Parents Say Cuts Have Hurt Schools, Worry About Teacher Layoffs

An overwhelming majority of parents believe that fiscal cuts have harmed their local schools, and an even larger majority are concerned about the effects of teacher layoffs.

The new poll, released on Apr. 25 by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) determined that 81% of parents say schools have been harmed by the cuts, and 87% of parents report they are worried about the effects teacher layoffs are having on their public schools.

Click on the charts below to see larger versions. This link will take you to the full PPIC report:

PPIC April 2012 Survey












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