Educators Appreciate Gov. Newsom’s Support in 2022-23 Budget Proposal
California educators applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment to neighborhood public schools and colleges in the 2022-23 budget proposal. In a Jan. 10, 2022 statement, CTA called on the state to increase safety measures for educators during the Omicron surge:
We remain committed to keeping our schools open for in-person teaching and learning but to do so, schools must have proper safety measures, access to testing and adequate staffing. We appreciate the governor’s continued safety efforts and urge the state to provide rapid COVID tests in our schools, provide high-quality N95 or KN95 masks for educators and all school staff and proper ventilation.
-CTA President E. Toby Boyd
The budget proposal includes $286.5 billion in total funds. Here are proposals of note:
- $102 billion – Proposition 98 funding;
- $119 billion – for all K-12 education programs;
- $3.3 billion – in ongoing Prop. 98 funding to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF);
- $3.4 billion – in ongoing Prop. 98 funding for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program;
- $1.5 billion – in one-time Prop. 98 funding over four years to support development of technology programs;
- $12.7 billion – in Prop. 98 funding and property taxes for community colleges.
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.