June 28, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement regarding the 2012-13 State Budget:
"We applaud Governor Brown and the Legislature for reaching agreement on a State Budget that is on-time and protects education funding. Yesterday, Governor Brown signed the budget, and the Legislature completed action on a number of associated "trailer bills," which the Governor is expected to sign. The news is especially gratifying for charter schools, as the Categorical Block Grant Growth funding that was in danger of being eliminated was fully restored, and the Facility Grant Program was fully funded. These programs are critical for charters, as we are systematically underfunded in California. We thank the Governor for his leadership in ensuring these critical funds were restored."
"Charter schools are public schools of choice that have transformed public education in California for the past 20 years. The Governor's and the Legislature's commitment to ensure that charters are treated more equitably is a step in the right direction."
"However, this is still a difficult and sobering budget, and we must now focus our attention on the upcoming November election. CCSA continues to support the Governor's tax initiative, which will ensure public schools, including charters, are not impacted further by potential mid-year and trigger cuts."
Critical charter school items in the budget include:
- $53.7 million in growth funding for the Categorical Block Grant
- Facility Grant Program Fully Funded at Governor's Budget Level of approximately $93 million
- New Mandate Block Grant provides charter schools with $14 per ADA
- Charter can seek a deferral waiver without authorizer approval (only authorizer notification will be required)
- Several different provisions allow charter schools to access public borrowing through county boards of education, county treasuries, the California School Finance Authority and Charter School Revolving Loans
- A number of surplus property provisions now give charter schools first right of refusal to district surplus property during the 2012-13 fiscal year
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.