NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the governing board of the Manteca Unified School District, of the County of San Joaquin, the State Legislature to fund California public schools at the national average or higher by the year 2020, and at a level that is equal to or above the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025 and to maintain, at a minimum, this level of funding until otherwise decreed.
PASSED AND ADOPTED, this thirteenth day of February of 2018 by the following vote of the Governing Board of the Manteca Unified School District, of the County of San Joaquin.
“A Call to Action” Post-Local Control Funding Formula Requires An Aspirational Target
MANTECA, Calif., (Jan. 17, 2018) - Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a state budget proposal on January 10, 2018 that meets his promised investment in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF) two years ahead of schedule. A $3.1 billion increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee completes LCFF implementation – originally slated for the 2020-21 fiscal year – earlier than anticipated. It also provides a sorely needed investment as California schools grapple with rising costs that are eroding the gains made under LCFF.
“The Governor’s decision to accelerate implementation of LCFF is a welcome development at a time when classrooms across the state are feeling the effects of rising transportation, utility, health care and benefits costs,” said CSBA President Mike Walsh. “The increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee is a small step toward the full and fair funding needed to provide all California students with a high-quality education.”
Despite our thriving economy and the pride we have in our progressive social policies, California still shamefully ranks near the very bottom of public education funding in the USA, with Education Week’s 2017 Quality Counts report naming California’s rank as 46th out of the 50 states. California is suffering greatly from decades of chronic underfunding of K-12 public schools, with California School Boards Association estimating a need for an additional $20 billion to $40 billion annually to bring us up to what they have determined to be considered adequate funding levels.
In Manteca Unified School District, the Board of Trustees has understood the rising pension costs and the impact that will have on the District. They continue to demonstrate a commitment to being proactive and starting early to put us in a good position financially long-term. As part of the California School Funding Coalition, along with other educational stakeholders, we remain fervent in working with the state to increase the Base Grant Target to reflect the reality of education expenses.
The Board similarly recognizes legislative advocacy and collective action are required to heighten public awareness to these problems and the need to increase state contributions to California’s underfunded K-12 public education system. A NEW educational funding model needs to be considered to improve our services to families and students.
We invite you to partner with us in this critical initiative to build an aspirational LCFF funding target that will fund California schools commensurate with the top 10 states in the nation.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his final proposed State Budget for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year. During his tenure, aided by improving national and state economic conditions, California's recovery has allowed the Governor to reshape major state institutions, including restructuring of the entire public education delivery model. Ahead of schedule, the Governor caps off his legacy by proposing to fully fund the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
California is the nation’s most populous and wealthiest state. Few can argue it is the most progressive and technologically advanced. It is rated third by US News & World Report in economic stability and potential and tenth in providing health care and access.One ranking, however, is not so laudable – how it funds its public education system. Depending with which ranking system you agree, California ranks as high as 23rd to as low as 46th in the nation in how it funds the education of its six million schoolchildren. California is failing to fund education commensurate with its status among the nation’s wealthiest and most economically stable states.
The cold, hard facts of California public school funding.
California has the 6th largest economy in the world and the largest GDP of any state, yet ranks near the bottom in nearly every measure of school funding or school staffing.
On behalf of the Board of Education of the Manteca Unified School District, we are writing to express our strong support for fully funding the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) now, and to urge that the LCFF base grant funding levels he increased once the current LCFF is fully funded.
At the Sacramento afternoon session of School Services of California, Inc.'s 2018 Governor's Budget Workshop, Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) announced that he would be introducing legislation to increase the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) target so school districts throughout the state will have adequate funding to meet their basic operational costs.
The announcement comes as Governor Brown has proposed to allocate $2.9 billion in the 2018-19 State Budget to fully fund the LCFF, two years ahead of schedule. Under the current model, once the LCFF is fully funded, the formula will only receive a cost-of-living-adjustment in subsequent budget years. Assembly Member Muratsuchi's proposal, however, would establish an augmented LCFF funding target to an amount necessary to cover the increased fixed costs that school districts have faced since the creation of the LCFF.
The bill is sponsored by the California School Funding Coalition and will be officially introduced sometime between now and February 16, 2018, the last day that bills can be introduced in the Legislature.