Gov. Brown releases his May revise today. It may mean up to $5.5 billion in cuts to K-14 education and 1.5 weeks less of school for the next two years if his proposed revenue initiative fails in November. We cannot allow this to happen.
"In a quirk of state budget law, even though revenues are down, the requirement for funding K-12 schools and community colleges will go up next school year.
It is not entirely clear what this will mean for K-12 school districts, most of which are already laying off teachers and increasing class sizes because they are assuming a worst-case scenario in which voters will reject the governor's tax initiative.
Brown previously asked districts not to do that, and his new budget lays out an alternative path in which he wants them to cut three weeks of school across the next two school years – averaging a week and a half in each year – if his tax measure fails.
The governor again proposed that most cuts fall on K-12 schools and higher education if voters reject his tax initiative. Those cuts would be greater, though the impact on K-12 is not significantly different than what he proposed in January.
K-12 schools and community colleges would receive a combined $5.5 billion less if the tax measure fails, split about evenly between a lack of debt repayment and program cuts."
Capitol Alert: Gov. Jerry Brown: Cut state workers, health and welfare to solve budget – sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown called Monday for additional spending cuts to health and welfare programs, as well as a 5 percent furlough for state workers, to help erase a budget deficit…