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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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Governor Proposes $7.8 Billion in New Funding for K-14 Schools in 2015-16 Budget Plan

(Photo above) Governor Jerry Brown unveils his 2015-16 fiscal year budget proposal during a Friday morning webcast.

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his 2015-16 state budget proposal that would boost school funding by $7.8 billion.

The governor released the budget proposal during a morning news conference that was webcast by the California Channel, and he warned that despite a strengthening economy and voter approval of temporary tax increases in Proposition 30, the “carefully balanced” proposal was still “more precarious than I’d like.”

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Legislative Analyst Praises Governor for Paying Down Wall of Debt

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office – the legislature’s advisor on budget and other issues – has released the 2014-2015 edition of its Overview of the Governor’s Budget.

The LAO is noting that the governor’s proposed spending plan would continue to pay down the state’s wall of debt, including more than $6 billion in debt due to public education.

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Governor Vetoes Onerous Fiscal Reporting Measure

At CTA’s urging, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a CTA-opposed measure that would have put additional strings on funds headed for local school districts, funds they would use to help meet the special needs of their students.

SB 344 by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would have imposed additional reporting requirements on school districts prior to their receiving supplemental funds for English learners under the Limited English Proficient Students program. 

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Capitol News: Governor Brown Signs Budget

Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed California’s new, $96.3 billion budget that overhauls public school funding to help at-risk students succeed, and includes $1.25 billion in school district funding to prepare for Common Core State Standards.

“I don’t say all problems are over,” the Los Angeles Times reports Brown stated at a Capitol news conference. “But the budget is balanced.”

CTA appreciates the hard work done by all, starting width the passage of Proposition 30, to pass a budget that will begin to pay back some of the funds owed to schools after years of cuts and provides additional support to students width greater needs.

“While it will take years for our schools to fully recover, this budget is a big step in the right direction,” said CTA President Dean Vogel. “These new standards will dramatically impact teaching and learning and educators must have the resources they need to help students succeed.

Read more budget news stories here and here, and the governor’s news release.

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Capitol News: Legislature Sends Budget, Trailer Bills to Governor

AB 86, Education Trailer Bill, Details Actions Affecting Schools

If Governor Jerry Brown signs the state budget bill by June 30th widthout making any changes, public education will see $55.3 billion in Proposition 98 funding for 2013-2014. That figure includes $2.1 billion for the governor's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), $1.25 billion to implement the Common Core State Standards, and $4.3 billion to begin to pay down money the state has owed to schools from past years.

The trailer bills width the greatest direct impact on public education are AB 86, which contains the "education trailer language," SB 91, which deals width the Local Control Funding Formula, and AB 78, which governs how schools may use Proposition 39 funds to reduce their energy costs by adding "green technology."

Overall, the new state budget would:
  • Provide LCFF target base grants of $6845 for K-3, $6947 for 4-6, $7154 for 7-8, and $8289 for 9-12.
  • Increase the K-3 base grant by 10.4% for Class Size Reduction and the 9-12 base grant by 2.6% to encourage the provision of Career and Technical Education programs.
  • Establish LCFF supplemental grant of 20% of the base for students identified as English learners, foster care youth, or in financial need (as defined by eligibility in the Free or Reduce Price Meal Program).
  • Phase in the LCFF over eight years.
  • Allocate $250 million in one-time funds for Career and Technical Education.
  • Underwrite a 1.63% enrollment growth funding for the community colleges, pay down community college deferrals by $178 million in 2012-2013 and another $30 million in 2013-14, and provide $25 million in planning grants for adult education programs to promote regional collaboration between community colleges and K-12 school districts.
  • Maintain total revenue limit and categorical program funding for each district and charter school at its 2013 level.
  • Create new charter school accountability.
  • Empower districts to create local accountability plans widthout giving overriding authority to county offices of education.
Under state law, the governor has the power of the "line-item" veto to blue-pencil or reduce appropriations in the spending bills sent to him by the legislature. The constitution gives him until June 30th to sign the budget.

For more detailed information, see CTA's 2013-14 State Budget Highlights.

 

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Legislature Approves State Budget: California Educators Are Encouraged by the New Compromise on the Local Control School Funding Formula

The state Senate and Assembly today passed AB 110, the legislature’s budget bill that will make a historic change in how schools are funded. The new budget, which is on its way to the governor for his signature, also provides more than $2 billion to begin repaying school districts funding they are owed after years of drastic cuts. It provides additional funding to ensure that virtually all districts get back to their 2007-08 state funding levels. It also targets more funding to help the state’s neediest students.

“While it will take years for our schools to fully recover, this budget is a big step in the right direction. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a state budget proposal width a significant increase in education funding,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. “The governor’s Local Control Funding Formula that is part of the final budget adds up to renewed opportunities for our schools. We are also encouraged by the $1.25 billion for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These new standards will dramatically impact teaching and learning. Educators must have the resources they need to help students succeed.”

New language regarding school district accountability provisions in the final budget protects collective bargaining and limits the oversight of County Offices of Education. This agreement holds the promise of a better future for our students. Take a closer look at details of the agreed-upon budget.

The legislature approved the spending bill a day before the June 15 deadline for sending the measure to the governor.  The governor has until June 30 to sign the budget into law to take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year.

Lawmakers are also debating and approving several “budget trailer measures” that help implement the new spending plan.

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California Educators Support Agreement On New School Funding Formula

We are extremely encouraged by the historic state budget agreement in Sacramento to overhaul education funding for K-12 schools. Thanks to the hard work of educators and parents to pass Proposition 30, the new spending plan provides all schools width more resources, begins repaying schools the money they are owed from years of budget cuts, recognizes the need for smaller class sizes and helps meet the needs of school districts serving at-risk students. As school doors close for the year this month, new doors are opening width the new funding plan. Additional funding  for our students of greatest need will help more dreams become realities.

While it will take years for our schools to fully recover, this budget agreement is a big step in the right direction. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a state budget proposal width a significant increase in education funding. We call on all lawmakers to support this compromise on the governor’s Local Control Funding Formula as part of the final budget because the numbers add up to renewed opportunities for our schools. We are also encouraged by the $1.25 billion for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These new standards will dramatically impact teaching and learning and educators must have the resources they need to help students succeed. CTA is still reviewing school district accountability provisions, but this agreement holds the promise of a better future for our students.

More about the State Budget

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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.

 

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Capitol News: California Educators Meet With Lawmakers to Discuss School Funding, Class Size and Common Core Implementation Funding

Presidents' Lobby Day a Success

More than 200 educators and CTA members met width their local lawmakers at the state Capitol Wednesday to discuss many issues related to the state budget — Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), class size reduction, funding to implement the Common Core State Standards, and the real need to pay back money that is owed to school districts after years of cuts totaling more than $20 billion.

In a press conference in Sacramento on May 22, CTA President Dean E. Vogel said CTA supports the goals of the LCFF as it addresses education funding on the basis of  equity among all of California's students and provides equal funding for students most in need. Funding must be based on student enrollment, using quantifiable data that is consistently applied and publicly available. Districts must be held accountable for spending the money appropriately.

"Our association's State Budget Principles call for equitable funding for students most in need, a repayment of what our schools are owed, an annual cost-of-living adjustment for all schools while the formula is being implemented over a period of several years, and full funding for the state's K-3 Class Size Reduction Program. We will continue to advocate for those changes to the current proposal," said Vogel.

"After years of drastic cuts, it is necessary for the future of our children and the future of California that the state begins restoring money owed to students and public education," emphasized Vogel. "It's time our students had a chance to focus on learning instead of facing threats of larger class sizes, fewer classes to choose from, higher tuition, and fewer teachers in the classroom."

CTA's other concerns width the proposed LCFF include:

- Funding for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is of paramount importance to CTA.

- CTA supports the Class Size Reduction program for grades K-3 widthin the LCFF, but maintains K-3 class sizes should return to the ratio of 20 students to one teacher, as it was prior to 2007-08.

- The accountability plan must give some assurance that the supplemental dollars allocated to school districts are spent as intended, that LCFF funding is based on enrollment and distributed to local districts, and that quantifiable data is consistently applied.

- CTA supports keeping Adult Education, ROC/ROP, Home-to-School Transportation and the Targeted Instructional Improvement Program (TIIG) as stand-alone programs width their own dedicated source of funding.

CTA will continue to work width the Legislature and the governor to pass a state budget that supports all students, educators, schools and colleges.

 

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