For the first time in many years, the budget proposed for the 2013–14 fiscal year does not include spending cuts to the state’s K–12 public schools. But because an achievement gap persists between disadvantaged students and others, policymakers, educators, and researchers continue to discuss whether and how the state should direct extra funding to the students most in need.
Governor Brown has again called for a key finance reform that was unsuccessful last year. This reform is twofold: it will give local public school districts greater flexibility over how to spend state funds by doing away with most categorical programs and it will direct most of the new state revenues to districts with more low-income and English Learner students. The governor will release his revised budget proposal in May and lawmakers must pass a budget in June.
Californians and Education, a recent statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of CA (PPIC), clearly shows that the public not only supports key elements of the Governor’s School Funding Proposal but that most also favor extra funds for needier students and more funding flexibility for districts.