Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2019-2020 Budget

January 14, 2019

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Newsom’s proposed budget has lots of good news for children and families. The strong investments in early education and the proposal to help school districts with rising pension costs are timely and smart strategies. California State PTA applauds the additional education funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) as well as a needed increase in funding special education services.

Two proposals that help with communication and accountability are also significant.

  • The creation of student data system—from early education through higher education and employment– to track how well students are doing
  • An online platform that merges the Dashboard, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) electronic template, and other school site and school district reporting tools, including the School Accountability Report Card (SARC), to make it easier for parents and community to access and understand information.

“California State PTA applauds the Governor on this budget and looks forward to working with the Governor and legislature in supporting programs to help our children and families.

We also will continue to advocate for a long-term plan to bring California education funding to the levels of the top 10 highest funded and achieving states,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.

Important Initiatives

The budget contains a number of important initiatives to help families including:

  • Proposals to expand California’s Paid Family Leave program
  • Proposed Universal full-day, full-year preschool for all income-eligible 4-year-olds and increased funding so all children in California can attend full-day kindergarten
  • Investments in the child care workforce and facilities
  • Expansion of the Working Families Tax Credit, to be funded as part of a revenue neutral tax package
  • Increased developmental screenings for children in Medi-Cal
  • An expansion of home visiting programs for low-income young mothers, and an augmentation to the Black Infant Health Program are important investments for our families
  • Support for homeless through money to build emergency shelters, navigation centers, or supportive housing.

More Information on the Budget