As things now stand, the legislative proposal includes some key differences with the Governor’s May Revision:
- It assumes higher revenue numbers and a higher Prop 98 guarantee, uses these higher estimates to increase some ongoing spending, and also characterizes spending so that it remains below the state appropriations limit (Gann limit)
- It pays off the $2.6 billion deferral (June 2022 to July 2022) that remains in the May Revision
- It proposes nearly $3 billion over 4 years of non-Prop 98 funds to mitigate school employer pension cost increases
- It proposes to lower the rising unemployment insurance rate from 1.23% to .5% for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years
With regard to major program changes, legislative leaders:
- Agree with phasing in universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK) over several years, but they also add significant increases and expansions to child care rates and slots to support a mixed delivery system
- Add ongoing funding for special education to increase the statewide base rate
- Modify the expanded learning program to provide funding for all unduplicated pupils
- Increase access to career and college readiness programs
Our team at Capitol Advisors will discuss the final budget deal and funding for critical programs and issues such as LCFF, special education, expanded learning, TK and child care, community schools, career technical education (CTE), mitigating pension and unemployment insurance costs, and others. We will also focus on the politics of the recall election and of Sacramento generally, and how funding, politics and policy will impact the options for schools heading into next school year.
As always, this workshop is provided at no cost by your county office of education and is presented by our team in collaboration with ACSA, CSBA, SSDA, AALRR and CLIMATEC.