Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to cease issuing K-12 construction bonds, leaving school districts to pay the tab to build schools. A coalition of districts and the building industry says it will put a $9 billion bond before voters next year.
The governor’s proposed budget, unveiled last week, allocates $500 million in an Adult Education Block Grant, with a provision that existing K-12 adult ed programs be funded for another year. The funding would restore the money many programs lost during the recession.
Advocates for expanding preschool to low-income 4-year-olds were disappointed with the 4,000 additional enrollment slots proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in his 2015-16 budget released Friday. Some were hoping for at least 10,000 additional slots.
State money for K-12 schools and community colleges is projected to slow to a trickle, starting in two years, when temporary taxes from Proposition 30 start drying up. But for now, there’ll be buckets of money.