May 14, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today following the release of Governor Jerry Brown's May Revise:
"Today's May Revise of the state Budget makes it very clear that California continues to face precarious times, and that difficult decisions lay ahead. The May Revise rightly places a priority on public education and we applaud Governor Brown for his continued leadership and support to public education, including charter schools."
"Governor Brown's proposals will maintain level funding and provide a path for increased education funding in the long run. In recent years, budget cuts and continued deferrals have severely impacted California's charter public schools. This situation has been exacerbated by the fact that charters are systematically underfunded, as outlined by a recent Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) report. California's 982 charters--which serve more than 412,000 students across the state--are asking for funding equity as the budget process continues to move forward."
"We urge the Legislature to approve Governor Brown's budget proposals including the weighted student formula and charter financing reforms so that the state's public schools can move forward with long-term solutions that ensure all students are well-served."
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.