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2016-17 State Budget Proposal

 

Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2016-17 state budget proposal on Jan. 7 and we are encouraged to see his commitment to continue helping schools heal from years of devastating budget cuts with revenues generated by Proposition 30. 

Overall, the budget proposes an increase of $5.4 billion for K-14 education. Below are some highlights:

  • A $2.8 billion increase in the LCFF. That's a 5.4% increase over 2015-16 levels.
  • A $1.2 billion increase in one-time discretionary funding for school districts. This can include using the funds for teacher support, common core training, professional development, etc.
  • A new $1.6 billion Early Education Block Grant will target our neediest children.
  • $300 million in one-time funding for Career and Technical Education competitive grants to school districts, county offices of education and charter schools.
  • A $1 billion increase for higher education compared to 2015-16.
  • A $225 million increase in funding for financial aid to help students have access to a college education.

As you can see we are moving in the right direction now, but with Prop. 30 set to sunset this year, it's critical that we continue our investment in all California students by extending Prop. 30, which temporarily continues income tax rates on the wealthiest in our state. Otherwise, beginning in 2019, we could create a $5 billion sinkhole in annual funding for schools and colleges. That would mean $5 billion less each year for lowering class sizes, providing a well-rounded education, supporting educator development, and providing our students with the education they need and deserve. 

You can read our media statement issued here and the governor's news release here.

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