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  • State Budget Overview

    On January 10, 2020, Governor Newsom released his budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The Governor’s Budget is the “kick-off” to the 2020-21 budget cycle which will result in the state budget that will take effect on July 1, 2020.

    Even with California’s strong economy, continued growth is uncertain due to the instability in global economic markets and the nation's political climate. The budget continues to build reserves and promotes a more effective government. State revenue growth is projected to be slower in each of the next four years compared to 2019-20, constraining new spending commitments. Therefore, the majority of the surplus is devoted to one-time spending, which enables the state to make significant investments in critical areas while also maintaining reserves.

    On a cost-adjusted basis, California ranks 38th nationally in school funding.  The state funds schools at $2,475 per student below the national average and $7,153 per student below the average of the top 10 states. 

    K-12 Education Funding Highlights

    • Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF):The budget proposes a $1.2 billion Proposition 98 General Fund increase for the LCFF, which reflects a 2.29% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and brings total LCFF funding to $64.2 billion. No additional base adjustments or changes are proposed for LCFF.

    • Other COLAs:$122.4 million Proposition 98 General Fund to support a 2.29% cost-of-living adjustment for categorical programs that remain outside of the LCFF such as special education.

    • Special Education:In addition to a COLA for special education, the Governor’s budget proposes a multi-year process to improve special education finance services and outcomes, including a new base rate funding formula that will increase funding for lower funded local education agencies (LEA), a $250 million increase based on students with disabilities ages three to five, and funding for workgroups that will lead to funding reforms in the future to support improved equity, inclusion and outcomes.

    • Quality Teachers: The budget proposal includes a significant additional one-time investment to continue and expand existing teacher recruitment, preparation and quality programs including$350 million for Educator Workforce Investment Grants, $193 million for the Workforce Development Grant Program, $175 million for the Teacher Residency Program, $100 million for the Teacher Credential Award Program, and $64 million for the Classified School Employees Credentialing Program. The Governor also proposes to suspend accreditation fess for LEAs that administer a teacher preparation or induction program.
    • Community Schools:$300 million for grants to LEAs for integrated service models.

    • Opportunity Grants:$300 million for grants to the lowest performing schools and districts.

    • School Nutrition:$60 million to increase funding for school nutrition programs.

    The District will continue to develop the annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and budgets together.  We will not only be looking at how much funding is received, but also identifying goals based on priorities for kids.  Staff, parents and the community will be invited to participate in the process. 

    Pocket Guide to Governor's 2020-21 Budget

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