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California Educators Praise Final Budget Agreement

Record public school funding to address pressing student needs, recruit and retain educators; additional $1.1 billion for community schools

CTA President E. Toby Boyd issued the following statement on June 29, 2022 commending Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and the legislature for the state budget agreement that provides much-needed supports for students, prioritizes social emotional learning, and includes funding allocation to attract and retain the quality educators students need and deserve.

Educators appreciate the work of the governor and the legislature for finalizing a state budget agreement that ensures our six million students are the beneficiaries of California’s robust revenues and very strong economy. More than two years into a pandemic that has exposed existing economic, racial and other divides, this budget agreement continues California’s commitment toward ensuring that all our students, regardless of their race, zip codes, or backgrounds, have the resources they need to succeed. It furthers California’s focus on serving the whole child through additional investments in Special Education, student mental health, school nutrition, home-to-school transportation, transitional kindergarten implementation and expansion, and community schools.

-CTA President E. Toby Boyd

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.