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May Revision maintains investment to hit LCFF targets

In today’s release of his final budget revision, Gov. Jerry Brown upheld his January investment in LCFF, increasing to approximately $3.3 billion the amount put into the formula to hit the initially set targets two years ahead of schedule. The May Revision aligns with Governor’s overall cautious approach and, consistent with recent budgets, generally shies away from adding ongoing spending.
View the full 2018-19 May Revision summary
(the K-12 education section begins on page 19 of the PDF document)

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CSBA Statement from President Mike Walsh:

“The increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee is certainly welcome and will come as a relief to school districts and county offices of education as they grapple with rising transportation, utility, and health and welfare costs. Simply funding LCFF to targets set five years ago, however, is nowhere close to the Full and Fair Funding needed to provide all California students with an education that prepares them for college, career and civic life.

As we seek to educate our students for the demands of an increasingly competitive, global and technological world, we are asking more of them than ever before. We have to ask as much from ourselves and give our schools the resources they need to meet the challenges of our modern age.”

Proposition 98:

  • $78.4 billion proposed 2018-19 Proposition 98 guarantee.
    • Increase of $68 million from the initial January proposal and up $3.9 billion over the enacted 2017-18 guarantee.
    • 2017-18 guarantee is adjusted upward to $75.6 billion, an increase of more than $1 billion over that year's enacted budget.

LCFF:

  • $320 million added to the approximately $3 billion LCFF investment from January.
Central to CSBA’s Full & Fair Funding effort, CSBA is cosponsoring AB 2808 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance), which would significantly increase the LCFF base grant targets moving forward.

One-time money:

  • $2.1 billion proposed for discretionary one-time spending, with $286 million added to the initially proposed $1.8 billion (will offset any applicable mandate reimbursement claims).
In February, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education proposed a $1.2 billion ongoing increase to LCFF, redirecting much of the initially proposed $1.8 billion in one-time money into LCFF. This proposal was not included in the May Revision, with Gov. Brown opting to keep the one-time funds as proposed in January, with the addition of $286 million.

Facilities/Proposition 51:

  • The revision summary released today does not provide an update on available Proposition 51 money; $640 million in bond authority was proposed in January for 2018-19.
  • CSBA continues to 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.

Cost-of-living adjustment:

  • $10.6 million added to $133.5 million from January from Proposition 98 General Fund covers the 2.71 percent statutory COLA for categorical programs outside of LCFF (up from the 2.51 percent assumed in January). A COLA for home-to-school transportation is not included.

Community Engagement, School Climate:

  • $13.3 million one-time Proposition 98 funds to create Community Engagement Initiative, to build capacity of LEAs to engage communities in LCAP development.
  • $15 million one-time Proposition 98 funds to expand Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework.
    • Both of the above are added to the May Revision, not included in January proposal

Pensions:

  • The 2018-19 May Revision does not specify funding to address the issue of rising pension costs.
    • The revision gives the implication that schools have received adequate LCFF funding since 2014 to cover pension cost increases over that same period.


Career Technical Education:

  • $200 million January investment of ongoing Proposition 98 funds to establish a K-12 competitive grant remains, bringing program funding to more than $400 million.
    • Revision clarifies that grant decisions for the K-12 component will be made exclusively by K-12 Selection Committee (as originally proposed, administration was handled by Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges).

CCEE:

  • $5 million increase in Proposition 98 funds to California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.

Next steps:

Both houses of the Legislature will enter the annual Budget Conference Committee later this month. The Senate and Assembly 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 2018-19 budget negotiations as they unfold. Please email Governmental Relations with any questions about the 2018-19 budget.