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Governor Releases Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget Plan

Posted on 01/14/2013

Governor Jerry Brown

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown introduced his proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The $97.7 billion plan represents a five-percent increase over the previous budget year, largely in education and health care spending. K-12 education funding is increased by $2.7 billion from $53.5 billion in 2012-13 to $56.2 billion in 2013-14.

The proposed budget significantly increases per pupil spending in K-12 schools. Under the plan, funding for K-12 and community colleges is projected to increase by $2.7 billion next year and by $19 billion by 2016-17.

"The Governor's budget proposal keeps the promise we made to Californians who supported Proposition 30, and wisely begins to restore some of what our schools have lost," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a prepared statement. "It will take years to bring our education system back to financial health, and I applaud the Governor for beginning that work in earnest."

The Governor's proposal highlights the lack of coordination between K-12 and Community Colleges in providing adult education noted in a recent Legislative Analyst Office report, "Restructuring California's Adult Education System (pdf - Reader)." The Governor's plan proposes $300 million in new Proposition 98 General Fund revenues to fund a comparable K-12 adult education service delivery system within the community college system. The proposal would fund only core instructional areas such as vocational education, English as a Second Language, elementary and secondary education, and citizenship. Courses outside the core areas would require payment in full by students for participation.

In his statement, Superintendent Torlakson noted that he is looking "forward to working with our community college partners regarding the future of adult education." He particularly noted concerns "that severing the longstanding ties these programs have with K-12 districts could diminish access to classes that play a vital role in helping Californians receive the basic education they need to become productive citizens."

This is only the first step in passing a State Budget. Over the following weeks the legislature will debate the Governor's proposal, as well as propose their own versions of the budget. In May, the Governor will issue his "May Budget Revision" for consideration. The 2013-14 fiscal year begins on July 1.

More budget information is available from the Department of Finance Website.