California’s schools lose big in Newsom’s budget

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers that make up the California state budget — dozens of mandates, thousands of programs, billions of dollars. And few programs have more complex funding rules than public education.

But step back and compare Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s new budget plan with the amount that California schools need just to keep existing operations going for another academic year and the crisis facing kids, families and educators becomes crystal clear.

An estimate by the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office concludes that K-12 schools and community colleges need about $82 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1 just to maintain what analysts call the “current service level.” Keep in mind that’s just existing expenses plus inflation costs and changes in school attendance. Click here to read more: