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Governor’s 2022-23 Budget Plan Continues Investments in K-12 Schools

Governor Gavin Newsom released his budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year, beginning on July 1, 2022. As your membership organization, CCSA fights for the funding and policies that best support charter schools across California, throughout the entire budget process. 

You can read CCSA’s Statement on the Governor’s Budget here.

The full Governor’s Budget Summary and detail can be found here

 

Many details of the plan are not yet available and will be revealed in the coming days and weeks. It should be noted that all proposals are subject to legislative approval and amendment. However, here are some initial highlights of the Governor’s plan:

CCSA’s top two budget priorities are addressed in the Governor’s Budget:

  • Our top priority this year is ensuring that charter schools’ funding is protected amidst the large fluctuations in ADA due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic mitigations. 
    -While stopping short of a specific proposal or commitment, the Governor's Budget Summary commits that “the Administration intends to engage in outreach and discussions with interested parties throughout the spring to explore options for providing declining enrollment protections for charter schools.” 
  • Our other priority is ensuring adequate state funding for the SB 740 Charter School Facility Program.
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According to the Governor, the state now has a projected surplus of $45.7 billion, which includes $20.6 billion in General Fund for discretionary purposes; $16.1 billion in additional Proposition 98 funding for K-14 education; and $9 billion in reserve deposits and supplemental pension payments. The Budget contains $213 billion in General Fund Expenditures in 2022-23.

Proposition 98 funding for K-12 schools and community colleges for 2022-23 is $102 billion— $8.2 billion above the level funded in the 2021 Budget Act, and the highest level of state funding for K-14 schools ever. Proposition 98 funding was estimated to be $95.9 billion in 2020-21 and $99.1 billion in 2021-22, representing a three-year increase in the minimum guarantee of $16.1 billion over the level funded in the 2021 Budget Act.

The Budget includes total funding of $119 billion ($70.5 billion General Fund and $48.5 billion other funds) for all K-12 education programs. The Governor estimates that K-12 per-pupil funding totals $15,261 from the Proposition 98 General Fund — its highest level ever — and $20,855 per pupil when accounting for all funding sources.

 Specific TK-12 Proposals Include:

  • $3.3 Billion for a 5.33% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), and $295 million for COLAs for several other K-12 categorical programs, such as special education, nutrition, and the mandates block grant. 
  • Funding for the continuation of expansion of Transitional Kindergarten as initiated last year. Additionally, the Budget proposes $383 million to add one additional certificated or classified staff person to every transitional kindergarten class. The budget also contains a technical “re-benching” of the Prop 98 guarantee from 38.02% to approximately 38.4% of the General Fund to accommodate enrollment increases related to the expansion of transitional kindergarten.
  • $3.4 billion funding for the continued implementation of the Expanded Learning Program as initiated last year, and $937 million in one-time funding for arts and music integration into the program. 
  • $596 million for the continuation of access to universal subsidized school meals as initiated last year.
  • $1.5 billion one-time funding for development and expansion of career pathways  
  • $1.5 billion for electric school buses and related infrastructure.
  • $800 million in one-time funds for various early literacy efforts, including $500 million for high-needs schools to train and hire literacy coaches and reading specialists.
  • $54.4 million to build on various teacher workforce investments.
  • $500 million for various ongoing Special Education funding formula changes which would include: 
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  • The Budget Summary also proposes some changes to Independent Study law to provide flexibility on timelines for signing IS agreements and to allow synchronous instruction to count as instructional time in addition to the time value of student work product. Details of this proposal will be released with the Budget Trailer Bill in the coming weeks. 

 The Governor’s Budget release is only the first step in the budget process. We expect legislative hearings on the budget will begin in February, and economic assumptions and budget proposals will be updated in May before final budget adoption in June. CCSA will keep you updated as details emerge in the coming days and weeks and let you know how you can best participate in the budget process to advocate for adequate and equitable funding for California's charter schools.

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