School Funding

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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Capitol News: State Supreme Court Hears Arguments over Administration of Insulin

The California Supreme Court has been   hearing arguments over whether non-medical personnel should be administering   insulin to students under ordinary circumstances.  Current law allows only   doctors and nurses to inject students width the drug, except in emergencies.

CTA maintains that medical procedures should be performed by medical professionals – and not educators and school support professionals, whose focus should be educating and supporting the education   of students.

Attorneys for the American Nurses   Association emphasized to the justices that licensed nurses and other medical   professionals should be doing the injections because they have the scientific   background and necessary technical skills to ensure that students are not   placed in jeopardy through incorrect procedures.

"At its heart, [this] is about   protecting students," the nurses' attorney told the court. CTA and NEA   filed amicus briefs in this case. Read more: San Francisco Chronicle: Supreme Court Hears Insulin Shots   Case.



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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: CTA/CCA and Allies Defeat Effort to Move Funds from Classrooms to Management

The Assembly Appropriations Committee rejected AB 806. The CTA-opposed bill by Assembly Member Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) would have undermined the current law requiring community college districts to spend at least 50 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction.

It would also have allowed community college districts to use more of their money on administration and management. The bill would have, for the first time, counted librarians and counselors as "classroom" expenditures. Currently, expenditures for important library and counseling positions are not considered classroom spending.

Assembly Member Wilk said the bill would help librarians and counselors.  Opponents – including CTA's Community College Association (CCA) and other labor organizations – said the bill's real purpose was to allow more funds to be used for management positions by changing the 50 percent requirement.

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Capitol News: Senate Health Committee Approves CTA-supported Insurance Rate Measure

The Senate Health Committee on a 7-2 vote approved CTA-supported SB 746 by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to implement a state review of health insurance rates in the large employer market.

SB 746 aims to expose insurance companies that take advantage of the system to maximize profits.  CTA believes that employers should provide health insurance to employees, but skyrocketing health insurance costs have funneled funds away from the classroom. SB 746 will help control these costs.

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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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More Than 200 Educators Urge Lawmakers to Support Public Education

(Photo top) Para Educator Doreen McGuire-Griggs talks to reporters during a May 22 news conference during the Presidents Lobby Day as part of a team including (from l.) Eric Heins, an elementary teacher and CTA Vice President; Dean Vogel, a counselor and CTA President; and  Theresa Montaño, a Professor at CSUN. The educators stressed the importance of providing targeted funding for students who are more costly to educate, the philosophy behind the governor’s local control funding formula. The educators are also supporting the governor’s plan to allocate one billion dollars to help implement the Common Core State Standards and his proposal to begin paying back money owed to schools after cuts of more than $20 billion. More than 200 educators convened near the state Capitol Wednesday morning in preparation for visits width their lawmakers in support of public education.  The educators discussed key issues including the governor’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula, class size reduction, and funding to implement the Common Core State Standards. At the top of the educators’ list was securing allocations to help restore the more than $20 billion in cuts schools have suffered in recent years. CTA’s policy-making body, the State Council of Education, in April adopted budget principles that call for equitable funding for students most in need, the repayment of what 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.

lobbydeanstarts(Photo at left) CTA President Dean Vogel welcomes more than 200 educators to Sacramento for a morning briefing.  During the day, the educators also heard from CTA Vice President Eric Heins (middle) and CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo.


lobbybuchanan2(At board in photo at left) Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and a team of educators discuss the projected impact of the Local Control Funding Formula on Bay Area schools. The educators told the lawmaker they are seeking legislative assurances that the new funds will make it to the classroom.

lobbysteinbergteamcroppedSenate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) met width a team of educators, including his constituents, Maggie Ellis, a teacher from Elk Grove, and Scott Smith, a drama teacher from Sacramento, who stressed the importance of providing payback funding for schools.


lobbycooley2United behind class size reduction – (At left in photo) Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova)  speaks width Toby Boyd, an elementary school teacher, and Christine Moran, an educator from the Twin Rivers school district, about efforts to get class sizes down to 20.  Assembly Member Cooley is the author of AB 558, a CTA-cosponsored class size reduction measure.

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CTA Commends Governor for May Budget Revision, Providing Funding For Common Core Implementation

We commend Governor Jerry Brown today for keeping public education a priority in his May revision of the state budget. Allocating $1 billion to help local school districts implement the Common Core State Standards is great and welcome news for California’s students. The money is much needed to provide training, professional development, textbooks and materials. The transition to the Common Core Standards will dramatically impact how teachers teach. Educators must have the support and resources they need in order for the new standards to be implemented effectively.

CTA continues to support the goals of Gov. Brown’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula as we believe that every student is entitled to educational equality and appreciate the recognition that it costs more money to educate students width higher needs. We will review the proposed changes and will continue to work width the governor and legislators to ensure all concerns are addressed, including accountability, use of accurate data in determining funding levels and timing of implementation. We look forward to having many more discussions in the next few weeks as the state budget is finalized.

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