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Gov. Brown’s initial budget proposal fully funds LCFF, adds $3.1 billion to Proposition 98 guarantee

Gov. Jerry Brown today announced a proposed Proposition 98 guarantee of $78.3 billion for 2018-19, with a nearly $3 billion investment in the Local Control Funding Formula that brings LCFF to its full funding target two years ahead of schedule.
View the full 2018-19 budget summary
(the K-12 education section begins on page 27 of the PDF document)
Tune in to Facebook Live today at 3:30 p.m., when CSBA President Mike Walsh
will offer comments and insight on today’s budget proposal.
“The Governor’s decision to accelerate implementation of LCFF is a welcome development at a time when classrooms across the state are feeling the effects of rising transportation, utility, health care and benefits costs,” CSBA President Walsh said in a press release sent earlier today. “The increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee is a small step toward the full and fair funding needed to provide all California students with a high-quality education.”

“The increase to the Proposition 98 guarantee is encouraging, but it isn’t enough to lift us from the bottom of the national rankings measuring support for public schools,” Walsh said. “California’s current status as 41st in per-pupil funding and last or next-to-last in nearly every school staffing metric is unacceptable. We expect to work with this Governor and his successor, as well as the public and education stakeholders, to advance toward the full and fair funding needed to prepare all students for success in college, career and civic life."


Proposition 98
  • $78.3 billion proposed 2018-19 Proposition 98 guarantee, up $3.1 billion over the 2017-18 guarantee, which is adjusted upward to $75.2 billion (an increase of $700 million over the prior year's enacted budget)
  • Proposed average per-pupil Proposition 98 spending up $465 per student, from $11,149 to $11,614.
  • 2018-19: Proposition 98 Test 3 year
  • 2017-18: Proposition 98 Test 2 year
  • 2016-17: Proposition 98 Test 3 year

LCFF
  • Approximately $3 billion LCFF investment hits the full funding target two years early.

One-time money
  • $1.8 billion for discretionary one-time spending; this counts against unpaid state mandate claims.

Accountability system
  • $70 million in ongoing Proposition 98 funds to further implement the state system of support:
    • $55.2 million to help county offices of education facilitate the improvement of school districts identified as being in need of differentiated assistance.
    • Additional $6.5 million (added to $4.8 million in existing funding) for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.
  • $300,000 in Proposition 98 funds to improve the California School Dashboard user interface.

Facilities/Proposition 51
  • $640 million in bond authority proposed for 2018-19.
  • CSBA continues to strongly advocate for the expedited release of the $7 billion in new construction and modernization funds from Proposition 51, which was approved by voters in November 2016.

Career Technical Education
  • Raises the total level of funding for the Strong Workforce Program to more than $400 million
    • $200 million in ongoing Proposition 98 is added to establish a K-12 competitive grant component of the program, on top of $248 million in existing ongoing funding established in the two prior budget years.
    • Includes an ongoing increase of $12 million from Proposition 98 to fund local industry experts providing CTE technical support to LEAs.

Teacher workforce and special education

New teacher workforce proposals specific to special education:

  • Teacher Residency Grant Program: $50 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to support locally sponsored, one-year intensive, mentored, clinical teacher preparation programs.
  • Local Solutions Grant Program: $50 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to provide one-time competitive grants to LEAs to develop and implement solutions to address local need for special education teachers.

The 2018-19 budget proposal references the below investments from the two prior budget years, but does not allocate additional funds to any of these six programs:

  • Educator Effectiveness Block Grant: $490 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund.
  • Classified School Employee Credentialing Grant Program: $45 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to support at least 2,250 classified employees electing to become certificated.
  • Integrated Teacher Preparation Program: $10 million one-time non-Proposition 98 General Fund to create pathways that allow university students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and preliminary credential within four years.
  • California Educator Development Grant Program: $9 million one-time federal Title II funds for competitive grants that assist LEAs in attracting and supporting preparation and continued learning of teachers and administrators in high-need subjects and schools.
  • California Center on Teaching Careers: $5 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to support statewide teacher recruitment and retention.
  • Bilingual Educator Professional Development Grant Program: $5 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund for competitive grants to support professional development for teachers and paraprofessionals seeking to provide instruction in bilingual and multilingual settings.

Cost-of-living adjustment
  • $133.5 million from Proposition 98 General Fund funds a 2.51 percent COLA for categorical programs outside of LCFF; $6.2 million Proposition 98 General Fund goes to county offices of education for the COLA and average daily attendance changes applicable to LCFF.

Next steps
Budget negotiations will be ongoing in the Legislature throughout the spring, leading up to the May budget revision, which will be released on or before May 15. The Legislature will then have until June 15 to send the final agreed upon budget to Gov. Brown, who will have until July 1 to sign it. CSBA will provide additional updates on the initial budget proposal and on 2018-19 budget negotiations. Please email Governmental Relations with any questions about the budget proposal.