January 9, 2014 Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement today regarding the release of Governor Jerry Brown's 2014-15 proposed budget:
"We applaud Governor Brown's strong commitment to the students of California, as reflected in his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal will accelerate funding for those students who need it most and continue to restore education funding after significant cuts from previous years."
The proposal includes an unprecedented influx of $9.7 billion ongoing and one-time funding increases for California's schools including funds for continued implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), and elimination of payment deferrals.
"We are excited to see that Governor Brown is proposing such a significant increase for education. These funds will hasten LCFF implementation and provide greater support to English Language Learners, low income students and foster youth as California's 1,130 charter public schools serve large numbers of high need students."
"We are also pleased to see his proposal use one-time settle-up funds to pay back all K-12 deferrals. This will be a direct benefit to charter schools that have had a particularly difficult time addressing the cash flow crisis that was created by deferred payments from the state. In making these proposals, the Governor will help to ensure that historic funding inequities are replaced with a system that is fair for all students, including those in charter public schools."
The proposed budget includes $61.6 billion total Proposition 98 funding for K-14 education, an increase of $6.3 billion over the 2013-14 Budget Act. Average Proposition 98 expenditures in 2014-15 are estimated at $9,194 per pupil, an increase of $725 per pupil from 2013-14.
"We think this proposed budget is going to ultimately add significant additional momentum to what has already been a very robust growth picture for charter schools in California."
The Governor's budget contains a number of proposals that would affect K-12 schools districts and charter schools. Members can find out more information on CCSA's State Budget Update page.
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,130 charter public schools and more than 519,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students. The Mission of CCSA is to enable our members to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by securing policy wins supportive of charter schools and providing the supports necessary to open and expand quality charter schools.