June 18, 2012 On Friday, CCSA informed members that the Legislature passed the main budget bill for the 2012-13 fiscal year, but that the education trailer bill hadn't yet been made public. That is still true, and the Governor has not yet acted on the Budget Bill (AB 1464).
AS WE REVIEWED THE 736-PAGE BUDGET BILL, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE LEGISLATURE PLAYED DIRTY TRICKS WITH CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING.
Despite budget subcommittees approving $50 million in growth in the charter school categorical block grant to account for the growth in number of new students attending California's charter public schools, the Budget Bill REMOVED that growth funding, which will mean a proportional cut in the categorical block grant to all charter schools.
Because of the growth in charter schools, last year's funding level is not enough to cover all of the charter school ADA for the block grant. This decision means a cut of approximately $100 per charter school student, on average.
This decision to remove the growth funding, which directly hurts over 412,000 public school students, is unacceptable, and was made in a backroom meeting without any transparency.
CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY AND URGE HIM TO VETO THE BUDGET UNLESS THE CHARTER SCHOOL CATEGORICAL BLOCK GRANT GROWTH FUNDING IS RESTORED.
You can call the Governor's office at (916) 445-2841 or you can use the automated system on his website.