CSBA President Albert Gonzalez's statement responding to Governor's January Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2023) – “We applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for demonstrating his commitment to public education by funding schools above the Proposition 98 Minimum Guarantee, even during times of budgetary stress, and hope the Legislature will follow the Governor’s lead in prioritizing public schools,” said CSBA President Albert Gonzalez. “The Governor’s proposal reflects many of our budget priorities, such as maintaining the Local Control Funding Formula at existing levels, providing for the continued rollout of transitional kindergarten, and preserving resources for student mental health and maintaining previous gains in special education funding. We are concerned to see a reduction in school facilities funding and a cost-of-living adjustment below 1 percent, but understand a $38 billion deficit demands tradeoffs. Overall, the Governor’s budget maintains the resources and flexibility schools benefited from in recent years and provides funding to accelerate post-pandemic learning, address the youth mental health crisis and help to prepare for the expiration of COVID relief funding.”
CSBA is a nonprofit association representing nearly 1,000 PreK-12 school districts
and county offices of education throughout California.