Statement from School Board Member Bennett Kayser Regarding Budget After Passage of Prop. 30

Los Angeles (Nov. 12, 2012) - The financing of the Los Angeles Unified School District is reinvigorated by several recent events, primary among them is the passage of Proposition 30. While supportive of Superintendent Deasy’s call for a restoration of five school days and elimination of three furlough days, Board Member Bennett Kayser wants more for LAUSD students.

“The passage of Proposition 30 will bring a significant amount of money to LAUSD for this and the next seven years, consequently I want more than a simple return to 180 school days,” states Kayser. “I ask that the Superintendent and his team come back with a revised budget that puts LAUSD students first, one that reduces class size, restores summer school, provides the counselors needed to support the new A-G graduation requirements, and a lengthening of the school year beyond 180 days. I want to return to the full funding of adult education, early education, arts for all students, afterschool programs, and a restoration of cuts to health and safety programs. The voters have spoken; let’s give them what they have asked for; LAUSD needs a budget that reflects the new realities.”

Under Proposition 30, schools will receive:

• $223 dollars per student retroactively for 2011-12 (by June 30, 2013)

• $903 dollars per student in 2012-13 (by June 30, 2013)

• $952 dollars per student in 2013-14

The LAUSD and districts across the state can expect a dramatic turn in their budgets. Last year Board Member Kayser and LAUSD joined with Governor Brown in ending redevelopment agencies so they will no longer be siphoning off tax dollars from schools. According to former State Superintendent of Schools, Jack O’Connell, the state lottery revenue is also up from $124 per student to $154 per student. Furthermore, Proposition 39 will yield additional dollars to schools.

Contact: Sarah Bradshaw
Cell: 213-247-7559