“We must collaborate as educators, lawmakers, parents, administrators, and community members to identify and commit to funding sources that will stop all cuts to education and make way for the resources necessary to make our schools and colleges fit for our students’ safe return.”
— CTA President E. Toby Boyd
Latest on the State Budget
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed State Budget includes a record $89.2 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges next year, as well as 3 percent more for the University of California and California State University. In addition, he’s proposed $4.6 billion for summer school and extra learning time to address academic setbacks that many students are dealing with during the Covid-19 pandemic.
CTA President E. Toby Boyd said of the proposal:
California educators are ready to provide additional learning supports for students who have struggled during the pandemic, noting that for the past eight months, educators have advocated for enhanced safety standards for schools, support for our most vulnerable districts and students, and the resources to safely reopen schools.
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.
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.