Governor and Legislature agree on early action to reduce budget shortfall

On April 4, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Speaker of the Assembly Robert Rivas (D–Hollister) and Senate President Pro Tem Mike McGuire (D–Healdsburg) announced an agreement to take early action on the budget to lower the state’s projected deficit. Although the announced measures do not touch on […]

CSBA submits response to Governor’s proposed budget, Prop 98 concerns

Over the past five months, the financial challenges facing the state have become clearer. In December 2023, the  non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) announced that the state budget was facing a deficit of $68 billion. However, in January, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a revised budget […]

CSBA releases budget template to help governance teams communicate school finances

By Jeremy Anderson California’s local educational agencies face an uncertain and complex financial landscape as they plan their 2024–25 budgets. Significant state, federal and local budgetary factors are converging at the same time to potentially cause major budgetary problems for many LEAs. To help address […]

CDE covers the basics of Prop 28 as funding begins to reach schools

Ahead of Arts Education Month in March, the California Department of Education hosted a webinar on how local educational agencies can put Proposition 28 funds into practice. Referred to as the Arts and Music in Schools (AMS) Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act, the legislation was […]

Los Angeles USD’s Black Student Achievement Plan aims to narrow gaps in access, support

Aiming to address a persistent achievement gap experienced by Black students and other student groups, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education adopted the Black Student Achievement Plan (BSAP) in February 2021. The initiative provides additional funding to identified schools to provide social-emotional […]

California’s school finance spending is a mixed bag, researchers find

Hundreds of billions of dollars are distributed annually to more than 13,000 school districts across the country. But do states’ school finance systems, which are largely in charge of K-12 funding, provide adequate and equitable monetary resources? Rutgers University, the University of Miami and the […]

Department of Finance releases proposed 2024–25 Prop 98 budget trailer bill language

The Department of Finance (DOF) released anticipated trailer bill language on Feb. 15 outlining Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January Proposition 98 proposal. The proposal provides greater detail on the nuances of the mechanisms the administration intends to employ relating to the minimum funding guarantee as prescribed […]

Legislative Analyst’s Office responds to Governor’s January Budget Proposal

Jan. 17: Legislative Analyst’s Office responds to Governor’s January Budget Proposal In December 2023, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its 2024–25 Fiscal Outlook, projecting the state’s budget deficit over the three-year fiscal period of 2022–23, 2023–24 and 2024–25 at $68 billion with a […]