SACRAMENTO – The 2013-2014 State Budget package passed this weekend by the California Legislature is on time and balanced, according to Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale).
Fox says there are positive changes for school districts and community colleges that have struggled financially over the past decade.
“All of our local schools will receive additional funding this year,” Fox said. “The budget package included mechanisms for elementary school class size reductions, more resources for students who need the most support, and debt repayments that were deferred during the recession. This will give our schools a long-deserved leg up.”
Some local school districts that have had the greatest financial challenges recently are among the recipients of the greatest per pupil base funding increases (see table below).
The budget establishes the Local Control Funding Formula which provides discretionary funds allocated based on the school’s population of English learners, foster youth, and low income pupils.
This year’s budget contains several measures to support California’s Community Colleges. Included is an additional $301 million for Community Colleges and priority enrollment for former foster youth and to students who are recipients of aid under the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program.
Fox, Chairman of the Select Committee on Community Colleges and a member of the Debt and Investment Advisory Committee, applauded Budget measures focusing on students.
“This increased education funding will reduce class size, pay down California’s debt to our local schools and reverse some of the historical funding inequities that have kept our students from fully reaching their potential. I am pleased to have been a part of this significant process.”
The $96.3 billion State Budget approved on June 14 and 15 is the product of 65 separate Assembly hearings and five Conference Committee hearings. The balanced budget includes a rainy day and surplus. This vote marks the third time the Legislature has passed an on-time budget.
(Information via press release from the office of Assemblymember Steve Fox.)