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After such a devastating pandemic and very tough school year, it is encouraging to see the 2021-22 state budget agreement has historic investments to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of students and educators. The expansion of transitional kindergarten for all students and the investments in higher education create additional supports for students at all stages of their lives. Read CTA’s Budget Analysis for K-12 and Community College.

We recognize that some of the budget is driven by one-time federal dollars and other one-time funds that will not move California close to CTA’s funding goals (California currently ranks 37th in the nation in adjusted per-pupil spending). While we expect that safe, in-person instruction will be the norm in the fall, we believe, as a matter of equity, parents must have access to a high-quality, independent learning option for students with diverse and complex needs. Read the full Media Statement on the Governor’s May Revise, which closely mirrors the final agreement.

The budget agreement includes $267.8 billion in spending, including significant investments in schools, small businesses, homelessness, and more. Proposals of note, in billions:

  • $93.7 – Proposition 98 funding for public schools and community colleges — nearly $14,000 per student;
  • $17.3 – federal aid for K-12 schools and community colleges;
  • $5 – for after-school and summer school programs in districts with the most low-income students, phased-in over five years;
  • $2.5 – for educator training, recruitment, and retention programs;
  • $2.8 – to convert 1,400 districts and charter schools to full-service community schools;
  • $2.7 – to extend transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds, phased in by 2025-26;

In addition:

  • $2 – to create $1000 college savings plans for low-income K-12 students;
  • $4.4 – for behavioral health treatment to all Californians under 25, over five years;
  • $6 – in American Rescue Plan and state funds to expand broadband access for students and in rural areas.

Resources below: 

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. Learn more via EdSource.

School Finance: Addressing Inequities

A large share of our K-12 students are English learners or from low-income families, costing more to educate. The Local Control Funding Formula provides a base grant for all students and supplemental and concentration grants for these students. 

California Budget Project reviews Local Control Funding Formula  

Local Control Funding Formula and the State Budget

When Governor Jerry Brown proposed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013, he said “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice.” CTA continues to advocate for justice for all students in our budget process and through the local control funding formula. CTA believes: 

  • State and federal government should provide adequate funding for education in order for school districts to fulfill the goals of providing a quality education and necessary resources to meet the individual needs of all students. 
  • Students with the greatest needs (English language learners, foster youth and low-income students) require additional resources to achieve the state’s academic standards. That is why when it was first implemented during the 2013-14 school year, the CTA State Council of Education adopted its Budget Principles that define support for the LCFF based on equal funding for students most in need, restoration of the deficit factor, an annual cost-of-living adjustment while the formula is being implemented over a period of several years, and full funding for K-3 Class Size Reduction Program. 
  • Funding must be based on enrollment and that quantifiable data is consistently applied and publicly available.  

CTA continues to advocate for additional, ongoing funding for the LCFF as stated in the most recently-adopted CTA Budget Principles for 2019-20

Learn more about the Local Control Funding Formula.