Tag Archives: Budget

Governor signs 2020–21 budget package; CSBA webinar dives into details

30 June
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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday night signed the 2020–21 state budget that leans heavily on deferrals in lieu of cuts to K–12 education funding and counts on significant additional federal funding to bolster schools financially in their monumental task to safely reopen schools. In a CSBA webinar on June 29, which drew nearly 500 attendees, experts offered insights into budget implications for schools and other policy changes during COVID-19 (view the slideshow presentation). Breaking down the finances and deferrals While...

Legislature agrees on budget that rejects K–12 education cuts, counts on federal aid

4 June
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The Legislature on Wednesday unveiled a 2020–21 budget proposal that prioritizes education and rejects the $8.1 billion in cuts to Proposition 98 funding called for in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revision proposal, including the 10 percent reduction to the Local Control Funding Formula. The Senate and the Assembly announced the agreement on the plan just six days after the Senate released its proposal. “Under the Legislature’s Version, the most draconian cuts — to schools and health and human services —...

May Revision cuts LCFF, drops COLA, introduces proposals in effort to mitigate impact

15 May
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Reflecting California’s pandemic-induced $54 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his May Revision on May 14 featuring a blend of proposals aimed at mitigating the dire financial straits of the state’s K–12 schools. “Coupled with a 10 percent cut to LCFF — the primary source of funding for K-12 education — the May Revision impairs the ability of schools to serve all students and to resume on-campus instruction safely,” said CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez. “This budget would be insufficient...

Assembly budget memo outlines rocky 2020-21 outlook, declares August revision likely

8 April
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Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), in a memo released this week, provides an overview of that the 2020-21 budget situation and process might look like. Asm. Ting echoed the March advisory issued by the Department of Finance that the May budget revision will be a “workload budget,” while offering that the Legislature will we will no longer be able to consider new priorities and ideas from stakeholders, advocates and legislators, “with the exception of COVID-19 related costs, wildfire...

Budget analysis: State should continue prioritizing pension payments amid escalating costs

28 January
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A new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office suggests it is vital that California lawmakers provide school districts with more financial relief in next year’s state budget to mitigate declining enrollments and escalating costs as an economic downturn likely looms. Though Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020–21 budget contains $3.3 billion in new Proposition 98 funding, $1.9 billion of that total reflects one-time spending that largely focuses on addressing teacher shortages, stubborn achievement gaps and inadequate resources for students living in...

Governor approves budget

28 June
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Gov. Jerry Brown signed the 2013-14 State Budget into law on June 27, just in time for the new fiscal year July 1. He “blue-penciled,” or vetoed, only a few items in the K-12 budget....

Latest developments in the Local Control Funding Formula

3 May
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Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) presented SB 69, her bill on school finance and a new funding formula, to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 1. In presenting the bill, Sen. Liu noted it is a work in progress. It’s intended to move the discussion of a new education funding method forward by providing a venue and vehicle for policy discussion and debate. The bill was voted out of the Senate Education Committee, with the Republican...

Why is Board Member Action Day important?

12 April
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by Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director, Governmental Relations Board Member Action Day takes place on May 10. On this one day, board leaders from across the state will meet with their Assembly and Senate representatives in their local district offices to discuss key legislation and the value of Governance First, CSBA’s legislative agenda. This is your opportunity to convey the importance of local school governance and information that will help statewide lawmakers render policy decisions that support the interests of...

Court dismisses CSBA’s Prop. 98 lawsuit on procedural grounds

1 March
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Keith Bray, CSBA General Counsel
by Keith J. Bray, CSBA General Counsel and Director, CSBA Education Legal Alliance Throughout this week, the media have carried news about the First District Court of Appeal’s decision in the Proposition 98 lawsuit led by CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance (ELA) in concert with the Association of California School Administrators, Los Angeles USD, San Francisco USD and Turlock USD.  This suit, filed in October 2011, challenged the governor’s effort to redirect sales tax revenues out of the Proposition 98 funding...

Senate hears details of governor’s funding formula

28 February
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Dennis Meyers
By Dennis Meyers, CSBA Assistant Executive Director for Governmental Relations The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) had its first hearing today before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. The Department of Finance presented details of the proposal; testimony also came from the Legislative Analyst, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and a panel of six superintendents (from Santa Ana, Fresno, Bakersfield, Oakland, Folsom-Cordova school districts and the Ventura County Office of Education).  CSBA Budget Advocate Andrea Ball also...