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Continuing the Push for Health and Safety Funding

CTA continues to advocate for the funding and resources our schools need, our students deserve and our collective community health requires, outlining concerns and recommendations in a new letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 13. Along with our partners in the Education Coalition, CTA called on legislative leaders to prioritize education funding and identify additional revenue to close a projected $20 billion shortfall for schools and community colleges next year.

Additionally, CTA is partnering with SEIU California and Planned Parenthood to call on the governor to put additional resources into public health, education and worker safety. CTA is also leading the charge for equity in our schools and communities, supporting two versions of a wealth tax currently under consideration in the Capitol (AB 1235 and AB 2088) and working with the broad-based Commit to Equity Coalition.

Our work continues to secure the resources our schools need to reopen safely. Without additional revenues, California schools will continue to face funding shortfalls.

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

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. 

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.