CCSA, California Legislative Black Caucus Fight for California's Lowest-Performing Students

June 15, 2018

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Friday, June 15, 2018

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CCSA, California Legislative Black Caucus Fight for California's Lowest-Performing Students

$300 million funding increase will help over 150,000 students statewide

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) joined Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) in announcing that the state's lowest-performing students will receive an additional $2,000 in per pupil educational funding. This one-time funding - known as the "Low Performing Students Block Grant" - will be included in the 2018-19 state budget.

The block grant - adapted from Assembly Bill (AB) 2635, which was sponsored by CCSA and authored by Assemblymember Weber - will provide $300 million in one-time funding to help close the achievement gap. It will increase per pupil funding for over 150,000 of the state's lowest-performing students and drive additional resources to school districts, county offices of education, and charter public schools.

"CCSA is proud to have helped launch a public debate about educational equity and the steps that must be taken to improve educational outcomes for California's lowest-performing students. With Dr. Weber's leadership, alongside a diverse coalition of community stakeholders, we've taken significant steps to level the playing field for all students, and look forward to continuing this fight," said Margaret Fortune, Board Chair, CCSA and CEO, Fortune School of Education. "We're incredibly grateful to Dr. Weber, the California Legislative Black Caucus, Governor Brown, President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Speaker Anthony Rendon for funding this critical need."

"This is a huge step forward for thousands of students who are left behind academically year after year," said Assemblymember Weber. "This funding will have strings attached, including accountability and transparency mechanisms, to ensure that the money gets to the students who need it. I am grateful to Fortune School of Education President Margaret Fortune, the California Charter School Association (CCSA), and the California Legislative Black Caucus for partnering with me in this effort."

AB 2635 was supported by a diverse coalition of community members throughout the state. A full list of supporters is below:

California Charter School Association (Sponsor)
Academica California
Black American Political Association of California
Black Parallel School Board
California Alliance of African American Educators
California Black Chamber of Commerce
California Policy Solutions
California School Boards Association
California State Conference of the NAACP
Children Now
Contra Costa County Office of Education
EdVoice
Education Trust - West
Fortune School of Education
Greater Sacramento Urban League
ICEF Public Schools
KIPP LA Public Schools
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Los Angeles Urban League
Magnolia Science Academy 3
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Sacramento
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - San Francisco
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Oakland
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Silicon Valley
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Los Angeles
National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Orange County
New West Charter
Oakland Unified School District
Resolute Academy
Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento County Office of Education
San Diego Urban League
United Negro College Fund
Vox Collegiate
Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter School