State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds May State Budget RevisionPosted on 05/18/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown's May Revision (PDF; 1MB) of the state budget:
"Governor Brown's May Revision continues the great progress we have been making to better fund California's public schools and better prepare students for careers and college in the 21st century. I applaud the Governor for his leadership on education.
"As the governor noted, while the increase in education funding is impressive, we are still making up for devastating cuts leveled during the Great Recession, when 30,000 teachers were laid off, class sizes swelled, and school years shrunk.
"In particular, I am pleased the Governor has funded career technical education at a total of $400 million this year. This investment is in addition to the successful California Career Pathways Trust program, which has become a national model through funding innovative partnerships built among employers, schools and community colleges to train and prepare students for the modern economy.
"I also appreciate the Governor's support for the California Statewide Task Force on Special Education. I look forward to expanding the help we provide special needs students and to implementing the groundbreaking recommendations of this report."
The May Revise "maintains $500 million Proposition 98 General Fund to establish the Adult Education Block Grant program to provide funds for adult education to school districts and community colleges.This proposed program will coordinate efforts of various entities — such as schools, community colleges, universities, local workforce investment boards, libraries, social services agencies, public safety agencies, and employers — to provide education and training more effectively.
"Substantially informed by feedback received from stakeholders," the revision also:
- Eliminates allocation boards within each consortium.
- Requires more robust, but less frequent, planning.
- Provides greater funding certainty.
- Integrates adult education programs and funding streams.