ACTION ALERT: Call or email the Governor and members of the Budget Conference Committee NOW and urge them to invest more in our children’s future – K-12 and early education!
Your voice as parents and PTA leaders is needed right now to influence the final state budget.
Please email or call today with this message:
INVEST MORE IN THIS BUDGET FOR K-12 AND EARLY EDUCATION.
California State PTA urges the Governor and legislature to adopt a budget that includes:
- More funding for schools through the new Local Control Funding Formula
- Additional investments in two critical areas that help close the achievement gap: Early Education and Common Core State Standards implementation
More funding for schools through the new Local Control Funding Formula
The state’s improved economy since the Great Recession, plus additional temporary taxes, have resulted in a much stronger revenue outlook than in past years. While it is significant that state budget discussions about school funding are no longer focused on what or how much to “cut” from budgets, the legislature can and must continue to do even more to support education as the state’s top priority. This includes the state meeting or exceeding its targeted funding levels for each school district and county office of education through the new Local Control Funding Formula. Parents, educators, students and communities are embracing the historic opportunity that LCFF presents, and to keep faith, it must be funded at or above the targeted levels.
Additional investments in Early Education and Common Core State Standards implementation
The window of need and opportunity is right now for important, additional investments in two critical areas that help close the achievement gap: Early Education and the implementation of Common Core Standards
Early Education. California State PTA has a long-standing commitment to early education, and we urge that additional investments be made for pre-kindergarten children in this budget to support their early learning. Research shows the clear benefit of early education in helping to close achievement gaps.
Common Core Standards Implementation. California State PTA urges that additional investments be made in the budget specifically to support school districts with implementing the new Common Core State Standards. This includes funding for professional development, technology, and instructional materials. Last year the legislature provided an initial $200 per pupil in funding for this purpose. However, there is widespread agreement that this amount is not sufficient to meet all needs and that additional funds (likely in the billions) are required. PTA is committed to the new standards, which set high expectations for all students and promote critical thinking and deeper learning. We recognize that successful implementation is essential for the future success of our students – and the state has an obligation to support that implementation through proper investment.
Budget Conference Committee Members are:
Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, Chair
Senator Mark Leno, Co-Chair
Assembly Member Richard Bloom
Assembly Member Jeff Gorell
Assembly Member Shirley Weber
Senator Loni Hancock
Senator Ricardo Lara
Senator Jim Nielsen
If any of these members are your elected representative, please be sure that you take action on this alert, as messages coming from a constituent can have a greater impact.