I would like to thank Gov. Jerry Brown for his leadership on a new proposal for funding California’s public schools. As superintendent of the state’s largest school district, I believe the changes announced today are quite positive for our students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The budget looks very promising for the financial stability of LAUSD. While funding formulas need to be analyzed, it points to the direction of preventing any furloughs for next year and not having to initiate new cuts.
I strongly support the student-weighted formula for determining how much money school districts should receive. Under this proposal, our district will receive new funds that allow us to address our structural deficit. While this may not allow any increases to programs, I believe this will help preserve the instructional calendar and continue the strides we are making in producing college and career-ready students.
I thank the governor for putting this proposal forward, along with voters for passing Proposition 30 in the November election. Together, these steps will greatly help us provide the education that students and the public deserve.
###Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766