CSBA Issues Statement Regarding Governor’s May Budget Revision
SACRAMENTO, Calif., (May 13, 2016) –The California School Boards Association released this statement regarding the Governor’s release today of the May budget revision:
“The revised budget remains positive for California’s schools, and demonstrates the Governor’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in public education through the Local Control Funding Formula,” said CSBA President Chris Ungar. “The investment in LCFF allows schools to continue building on their efforts to meet the needs of students in their local communities. While this budget represents an important step in the right direction, the Legislature and Governor still must be diligent in addressing California’s persistent funding gap, so that all students have access to the programs, services and opportunities they need to meet state standards and to graduate ready for college and career.
“While the state’s finances are strong, the Governor and the Legislature also must make it a top priority right now to fix the school district reserve cap, so that local districts have the same ability as the state to exercise fiscal prudence, and to adequately plan for and safeguard against another economic downturn, which is inevitable.”
“In addition, we have concerns about the new methodology for funding Early Education which the Governor has presented in this budget. We would encourage the Legislature and the Governor to address this issue as part of a larger policy discussion. It is critical that we devote the necessary time and resources to ensure that Early Education is properly and equitably funded, so that the program continues to meet the needs of California’s students and families.”
CSBA is a nonprofit association representing nearly 1,000 PreK-12 school districts
and county offices of education throughout California.