Superintendent John Deasy on the State’s May Revised Budget

May 13, 2014

John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, made these remarks today about Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget.

“I want to thank Gov. Jerry Brown for listening to our concerns about streamlining processes under the new Local Control Funding Formula. His proposed changes should help mitigate the burdensome process for collecting alternative forms to verify income eligibility, so that we can focus more attention on teaching and learning. 

“I also understand the governor’s urgency in addressing the state’s unfunded pension costs; however, we must ensure that this issue is resolved without negatively impacting the intent of the local funding formula or the promises made in our Local Control and Accountability Plan. The new formula is intended to provide investments so that all of our students leave high school college prepared and career ready, not to solve a state pension crisis from this pot of money.

“We should not divert funds from our current students to cover legacies created in the past. That is the most appropriate approach to addressing the issue of pension costs. I look forward to engaging in a conversation with leaders across the state to address this issue in a manner that ensures our current students have the resources they need to be successful in school.

“I also wish the budget provided additional money for school districts to transition to the Common Core State Standards, so that our students, teachers and parents are better prepared for this historic transition to quality standards.

“Still, the governor deserves enormous credit for putting together a budget that demonstrates—once again—his commitment to all students, and to those who traditionally have been underserved via the local funding formula.” 

                                                                    ###

Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766