California K-12 schools get slightly more in Gov. Brown’s revised state budget

Since the beginning of the year, state revenues have continued to flow, raising Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget for 2018-19 by $3 billion more than he projected in January, according to the revised budget Brown released on Friday. But little of the additional revenue will go to K-12 schools and community colleges because of quirks in the formula that determines K-14 spending.

Funding for K-12 and community colleges for next year will reach a record $78.4 billion under the formula, Proposition 98. While that is only $68 million more than Brown proposed in January, it’s still nearly $2.8 billion — 3.7 percent — above the revised total that the Legislature approved for the current year. K-12 gets the bulk of Prop. 98 funding — about 89 percent — while community colleges receive most of the remainder.

Brown said that since 2011-12, the low point following the recession, Prop. 98 has increased by about two-thirds, increasing the average per-student spending by $4,600. Districts with large proportions of low-income students, foster children and English learners, who benefit from the Local Control Funding Formula for the state’s K-12 school districts, have received substantially more than that. Click here to read more: