January 10, 2013:
Contact: Peri Lynn Turnbull, CCSA
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CCSA Applauds Governor Brown's Commitment to Education, noting the Budget Begins to Restore Lost Education Funding
SACRAMENTO, California (January 10, 2013) - Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement regarding the Governor's budget as proposed today.
"We are excited to see a renewed commitment to education funding as reflected in the increase of $2.7 billion for K-12 resulting from the passage of propositions 30 and 39," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "These funds will begin to repay the education sector for significant cuts and deferrals of prior years."
"We also appreciate that the Governor has recognized some unique needs of charter schools by including growth funding and expanding access to facility funding and surplus district property" stated Wallace. "Still, charter public school students remain significantly underfunded compared to their peers in traditional district schools."
"CCSA also applauds the Governor's commitment to direct additional funding to those schools with the highest need students through his Local Control Funding Formula proposal", said Wallace, adding "California's 1,065 charter public schools serve large numbers of high need students. But, we also need to ensure that historic funding inequities are replaced with a system that is fair for all students, including those in charter public schools."
Wallace also notes that the budget offers responsible measures including a prudent decision to reduce funding deferrals and thoughtful proposals on policy matters that address problems facing California's charter schools.
"We look forward to continuing discussions through the budget process so that we begin to close unjust funding gaps and improve education funding system for all California's students," said Wallace.
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,065 charter public schools and more than 484,000 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.