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CSBA President Suzanne Kitchens' Response to Gov. Newsom’s 2021–22 Budget Proposal


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2021) – “The 2021–22 Governor’s Budget proposal makes a significant investment in K-12 education and we appreciate the emphasis that Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed on public schools, particularly his proposals to provide a 3.8 percent cost-of-living increase, eliminate two-thirds of the funding deferrals that schools were facing, and reduce the rate of school district contributions to employee pension funds. Those decisions will provide schools with some flexibility to meet the wide variety of student needs and extraordinary expenses during this time of crisis,” said CSBA President Suzanne Kitchens. “At the same time, the investment and the supports are not, in every case, sufficient to achieve the intended goals. While some schools will undoubtedly take advantage of the incentives to reopen schools this spring, others are not in a position to do so given community health concerns, local standards, and funding, resource, staffing and capacity limitations. We have some work to do on both the school reopening and summer school plans before they make sense for all school districts and county offices of education.”  


CSBA is a nonprofit association representing nearly 1,000 PreK-12 school districts
and county offices of education throughout California.