CCSA Applauds California Legislature for Making Bold Investments in Historically Underserved Students

May 23, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Emily Bertelli
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CCSA Applauds California Legislature for Making Bold Investments in Historically Underserved Students

Assembly Budget Committee Fully Funds Charter School Facility Grant Program and Proposes $360 Million in Ongoing Funding for African American Students

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, the California Legislature made significant decisions in support of California's historically underserved public school students. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Education Finance approved the Proposition 98 package on K-12 Education funding which 1) proposed $360 million in ongoing funding of the Local Control Funding Formula for the lowest performing student subgroup, African American students and, 2) approved Governor Brown's May Revise proposal to fully fund the Charter School Facility Grant Program, lease reimbursement funding for charter schools serving 55% or greater of students on free and reduced price lunch.

$360 Million Proposed to Establish Supplemental LCFF Grant for Lowest Performing Student Subgroup, African American Students

The Assembly approved $360 million in ongoing funding to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 2635, legislation sponsored by CCSA and authored by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey), and Mike Gipson (D-Carson). AB 2635 drives equitable funding to California's lowest performing subgroup of students not currently receiving funding under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The bill would direct resources to approximately 90,000 African-American students statewide currently overlooked by the LCFF designations. AB 2635 also demands greater accountability from those traditional district schools and charter public school recipients who are generating this funding. Now that the Assembly has approved this in their budget, this funding will be considered in Conference Committee.

"We applaud the leadership of Chair Kevin McCarty, and Assemblymembers Weber, Burke, and Gipson for demonstrating the political will to fix a flaw in LCFF that for too long has denied African American students the transformative funding and attention necessary to close the achievement gap once and for all," said Carlos Marquez, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, CCSA. "We urge Senate leadership and Governor Brown to join the Assembly in enacting this sweeping and historic funding reform in the Budget Act of 2018."

For a full list of support and for more information about AB 2635, visit www.educationequitynow.org.

Full Funding Now Approved by Legislature for Charter School Facility Grant Program

The Assembly's action today to approve full funding for the Charter School Facility Grant Program, consistent with the Senate's action, closed the possibility of a 20 percent budget shortfall within the Charter School Facility Grant Program in this legislative cycle, and goes a long way to closing a potential shortfall in the next cycle. The Senate already approved this funding. The only remaining step is for the Governor to approve this in the final budget.

"Today's decision by the Assembly means that over 400 charter public schools serving high needs students across the state accessing this facilities funding can take a deep breath knowing their budgets are not at risk of being cut by 20 percent, and more funding will go directly into the classrooms" said Carlos Marquez, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, CCSA. "Access to a high-quality education starts with access to a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. Facilities challenges deeply impact public school families, including some of our most vulnerable charter public school students. We are grateful to the Assembly and the Senate for bringing us another step closer to ensuring high needs students have a great place to learn."