Latest on the State Budget
On May 14, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom released his 2020 revised budget proposal that was a complete turnaround from January’s sunny initial proposal—revealing a $54-billion shortfall statewide and a cut of more than $10-billion to public education funding.
Absent support from the federal government, schools and community colleges across California will face major cuts that will impact students when needs related to distance learning, equity and safety are at an all-time high. Without adequate funding, schools will be unable to prepare for the safe return of students, further impacting families and delaying economic recovery.
“The safety and well-being of students, teachers, and education support professionals cannot be compromised and must be addressed prior to reopening schools,” said CTA President E. Toby Boyd. “The proposed education cuts for the 2020-21 budget will be devastating at a time when students need more support. Schools and colleges must have the resources they need to safely reopen in a manner that will protect students, teachers, and employees.”
CTA joined Gov. Newsom and other state leaders in calling on U.S. Congress to approve federal support for critical public services that our communities need, including:
- $1 trillion for state and local governments in the HEROES Act and at least $175 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund; and
- At least $2 billion for the E-Rate program to promote internet equity.
CTA has compiled information, resources and ways to join our fight to defend public education funding, as well as teaching and learning resources during the age of COVID. You can also take action on the NEA’s COVID website to ensure educators have the support they need to serve students now and when this crisis is over.
State Budget Resources
Check back here for updates on the California State Budget
CTA’s Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget
May: Education Funding Essential to COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Safe Return to Schools
Resources from Governor Newsom on the 2020-21 Budget
Governor Newsom’s Revised 2020-21 State Budget
“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
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.