Governor Jerry Brown Reduces Budget Estimates for Fiscal Year 2017-2018
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (January 24, 2017) – Recently, Governor Jerry Brown released a new state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The proposal allows for modest education increases to Proposition 98 (Prop 98) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). However, based on this 2017-2018 budget proposal, South Pasadena Unified will receive less money than previously planned by the Governor.
“Much to our surprise, considering the passage of Proposition 55, low unemployment, and economic growth, Governor Brown abruptly decreased the revenue for California’s public education system and, subsequently, for South Pasadena Unified by an estimated $900,000 from the state’s adopted budget in June of 2016. The Governor’s budget revisions have created an unexpected financial challenge for the district going forward,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz.
The LCFF, in particular, disproportionally directs more funds to districts with higher percentages of foster youth, low-income families, and English Language Learners. Prop 98 guarantees a minimum amount of funding for districts amid changing economic times, and it appears the state is not making any substantial adjustments to offer extra funding. In addition, school districts must factor in state-mandated increases in contributions for STRS/PERS (retirement benefits) and employee health benefits. All in all, districts like South Pasadena Unified, that are funded in the bottom 10% of school districts in California, will be challenged to maintain current programs under the Governor’s plan.
“In light of the state funding proposal, we need to start thinking less about establishing new programs and more about maintaining, operating and creating success within existing initiatives, and unfortunately, reducing or modifying programs and services to balance the budget,” said Yantz.
Administrators, staff and the school board will work over the next few months to prepare a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses the unexpected decline in state revenue.
About South Pasadena Unified School District
Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California. Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level. The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.