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Statement by CCSA President & CEO Myrna Castrejón regarding Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 State Budget Proposal

January 11, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 state budget proposal:

“With an uncertain fiscal outlook and a projected budget shortfall this year, we are pleased to see that Governor Newsom’s plan prioritizes investments in education and increases per-pupil spending as California’s public education system continues to rebound from the pandemic.

“Along with additional per-pupil funding overall, the Governor’s inclusion of $300 million for the LCFF equity multiplier will go a long way to give our most underserved students the additional support we know they need to address chronic historical performance gaps, especially following the more
than two years of pandemic disrupted education.

“An especially vital component of the state’s investment in the future of our public education system is the Charter School Facility Grant Program. We appreciate the Governor’s proposal reflects his continued support and investment. Continuing last years' investment in the critical program plus the COLA will allow charter schools to address immediate facility needs and better serve public school students.

“With California’s revenue projections so uncertain, we should prioritize education funding that equitably supports all public school students. This is a pivotal year for our students as they continue to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and learning loss. The future of our state relies on strengthening public education and providing more opportunity for our children to thrive.”

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.