Governor's May Revise Proposes Additional $21.1 Million for Facilities Funding Shortfall for Charter Schools Serving High Needs Students

May 11, 2018

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Friday, May 11, 2018

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Governor's May Revise Proposes Additional $21.1 Million for Facilities Funding Shortfall for Charter Schools Serving High Needs Students

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revision to the State Budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year. CCSA released the following statement from Carlos Marquez, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs:

"Charter public schools are a critical part of the public school system in California, and access to quality facilities continues to be a serious issue within the sector. By fully funding the budget shortfall within the Charter School Facility Grant Program in the May Revision, Governor Brown has once again recognized the importance of providing adequate facilities for charter public schools serving high needs students and the positive impact this program has on our local communities, particularly on low income students. We thank Governor Brown for this critical funding and look forward to working with the new administration to ensure continued full facilities funding for our schools in the next budget cycle."

The May Revision included a one-time current year increase of $21.1 million in funding to the Charter School Facility Grant Program, a program that provides facility grants to charter schools in leased facilities serving a 55 percent or higher free or reduced-price meal population, bringing total funding for 2017-18 to $133.2 million. This one-time funding filled a shortfall that would have caused a 20 percent cut to Charter School Facility Grants. This prior year adjustment is in addition to a proposed $24.7 million increase to the program in ongoing funding starting in 2018-19.