SACRAMENTO, CA – California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s May revision of his 2023-24 state budget proposal:
“With lower revenues and future uncertainty, we commend Governor Newsom for continuing to protect base education spending, especially as students and schools continue to recover and reverse the learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. Increases in per-pupil spending are an investment in California’s future which we know will pay dividends.
“As the Governor stated, this is a transformative time for public education. To that end, CCSA has sponsored SB 739 (Alvarado-Gil) which provides charter public schools an extension on their renewal period so they can focus on recovering from the toll of the pandemic and provide authorizers with a more accurate picture of the impact on students when they have the appropriate Dashboard metrics available. We support the inclusion of this proposal in the budget Trailer Bill.
“Charter public schools serve primarily low-income students and students of color, who have had their education disproportionally impacted through the pandemic. It is vital that we give charters the resources they need to continue providing students a high-quality education.
“The Governor’s May Revision budget reflects a shared priority of putting all public school kids first. We encourage the Legislature to prioritize education funding that equitably supports all public school students, especially for families in underserved communities.”
About the California Charter Schools Association
The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to build great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life. The mission of CCSA is to meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools. Learn more.