Last week, Governor Jerry Brown released the latest state budget projections showing that California will get $6.7 billion more in revenue than originally anticipated.
The good news for schools:
- $6.1 billion of that extra state revenue is going to K-12 schools and community colleges, thanks to Proposition 98 – a big win for education.
- The boost will raise per-student spending by $3,000 (45 percent) from what it was four years ago, putting funding at $9,978 per student. This is $656 per student higher than the inflation-adjusted, pre-recession spending level in 2007-08.
- This includes an additional $2.1 billion to accelerate implementation of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which provides more money to schools with higher percentages of English learners, low-income students and foster youth.
After so many years of budget cuts, it will be refreshing to talk about restoring programs and new initiatives for a change. This is a particularly important time for local parents and educators to have a say in their local budget process. LCFF not only directs more funds to districts with the most high-need students, but puts a process in place for local communities to have a say in how funds are spent via their district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). How would you like your child’s school to use additional funding? Now’s the time to start thinking!