Statement from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on State Budget Compromise

June 11, 2013

I applaud Governor Brown and our legislators for their work on the compromise announced on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  While all sides worked together to ensure that base funding for every student is increased, they also recognized that districts with high concentrations of disadvantaged students need additional funding to overcome these challenges.

I am very supportive of the compromise on the Local Control Funding Formula because at its heart, it preserves the core tenets of equity, transparency, and accountability in the Governor's proposal, which focuses on: 

  • Directing money to students who need it the most.
  • Providing local control over how best to use resources to meet student needs.
  • Accountability for the use of funds in meeting student needs.
     
This announcement marks the most significant overhaul of K-12 school finance since the 1978 passage of Proposition 13 shifted most school funding from property taxes to the state’s sales and income tax rolls.  While we have miles to go to regain the ground we’ve lost since, with this deal, we have begun our journey toward funding equity and funding adequacy.

We greet this compromise with hope and expectations of student success, and we thank the Governor and Legislature for their work in bringing a new era to California K-12 education.


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