In passing the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, the Legislature shifted decision-making back to local districts and steered more money to districts with higher proportions of low-income children and English learners. Proposition 98, adopted in 1988, sets the overall yearly level of K-12 and community college spending through a complex formula tied to the growth in the state economy.
Expanded learning programs provide essential support and child care to families throughout the state.
Distance learning expected to continue next year as districts move to a hybrid online and in-person instruction model.
School districts can do a second round of layoffs if K-12 funding increases less than 2%. CTA will ask the Legislature to prevent it.
California schools will not be able to reopen safely unless they receive additional federal dollars, said California schools chief Tony Thurmond.
Superintendents argue that uncertainty and the higher costs of Covid-19, combined with a 10% cut in general funding, require increased funding.
The proposed cuts — $915 million — are more than the amount spent for teacher development in the five previous years combined.
California governor's proposed budget anticipates a two-year drop of $19 billion in state funding for schools and community colleges.
Education organizations have been pushing for about $250 billion for both K-12 and higher education, but the House bill calls for about $100 billion.
Cutting more than 20 percent in state funding would compound the pandemic's impact on schools; educators hope Newsom recognizes the harm and won't cut that much.
School districts argue budget cuts warrant spending flexibility; equity advocates argue high-needs students need resources they're entitled to.
Next week's May budget revision may include clues about whether schools are in for the largest single-year cut as they face unprecedented costs.
California school districts will share in $1.65 billion in federal funds aimed at helping school districts nationwide pay for the extra costs of the ongoing pandemic.
Large urban and small rural districts in California will get the largest shares of $1.65 billion in federal stimulus funds aimed to help school districts across the country weather the coronavirus pandemic.
The unexpected announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that schools should consider resuming as early as late July was met with immediate pushback.
The coronavirus and the recession could be a double whammy for schools, and tools to minimize the damage will be limited, warns consultant.