State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year:
“Governor Brown’s budget proposal provides a big boost to our public school students. The proposal shows how far we have come as a state in the past seven years in increasing investments in education so our students can continue to succeed in college and the 21st Century economy.
“The proposal adds $3.8 billion to the annual Proposition 98 guarantee for public education, which will raise per-pupil spending 66 percent above 2011-12 levels and bring total Proposition 98 funding from $47.3 billion in 2011-12 to $78.3 billion. The proposed budget will provide $11,614 per pupil in the next fiscal year, compared with $7,008 in 2011-12.
“The budget also maintains Governor Brown’s commitment to fully funding the Local Control Funding Formula. The formula is California’s ambitious, ground-breaking plan to help all students while giving extra resources to those with the greatest needs, students from low-income families, English learners, and foster youth.
“In addition, I am pleased the governor has proposed $100 million for new programs to help train and retain teachers, an important step in alleviating the teacher shortage. I am pleased he plans to release $640 million in bond funds to pay for critical school facilities.
“Furthermore, I share the Governor’s commitment to expanding access to career technical education programs that provide hands-on, minds-on learning.
“I thank the governor for maintaining the three-year commitment to increasing access and funding for early childhood education opportunities, including providing another nearly 3,000 preschool slots, and for proposing a $167 million competitive grant for inclusive early education and care.
“In the coming weeks, I look forward to carefully reviewing all proposals from Governor Brown covering the education of our children from birth to 12th grade.”