Spring State Budget Update

May 30, 2013

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On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his 2013-14 fiscal year budget proposal. The May Revision typically updates the budget for changes in variables such as population, economic indicators and tax revenue assumptions. The revision includes $1.6 billion in additional K-12 deferral relief, and $1 billion in one-time funding for the transition to the common core standards. The May Revision offers a few changes and clarifications to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF):

  • Clarify funding calculations for growing schools to ensure new pupils receive more equitable funding. CCSA has worked with the Department of Finance since the initial proposal was introduced to clarify these provisions.
  • Provide an additional $236 million to increase base grants in first year (approx. $40 per pupil). These additional funds would be available in 2013-14.
  • Increase the time that English Learners are eligible for supplemental weights from 5 to 7 years.
  • Increase the accountability provisions to ensure weighted funds are used for the pupils that generate the weights, and increase County Office of Education oversight for school districts. However, it is not clear at this time how these changes would apply to charter schools.

Please read our May Revision Budget Brief for an in depth review of the May Revise, which provides an update of the Governor's proposal that was described in our January 2013 Governor's Budget Brief. CCSA has also revised its LCFF Simulator to reflect changes to the LCFF in the May Revision. Be sure to bookmark www.ccsa.org/budgetupdate to find up to date information on the State Budget and CCSA's Budget Briefs. The Governor's full May Revision Summary can be found on [California's e-budget website (http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf). The May Revision is the next step in the budget adoption process, but it is not final. The Legislature must act by June 15 to accept, reject or modify the Governor's budget proposals. We will keep you updated as legislative discussions continue.

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