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Proposition 98 FUNDING 2010–11 to 2020–21 D o l l a r s i n B i l l i o n s $49.7 10 –11 $45 $50 $55 $60 $65 $70 $75 $80 $85 11–12 $47.3 12–13 $58.1 13 –14 $59.0 14 –15 $67.1 15 –16 $69.1 16 –17 $71.6 17–18 $75.5 18 –19 $77.9 19 –20 $80.2 20–21 $84 (proposed) G O V . G A V I N N E W S O M ' S proposed 2020-21 state budget increases funding for education by almost $4 billion over last year and ref lects his priorities to address the teacher shortage crisis and provide resources to our neediest students. Newsom submitted his budget proposal to the Legislature Jan. 10. The overall budget includes $222.2 billion in total funds, a 2.2 percent increase from 2019-20 and the highest funding level ever. The budget allocates $84 billion for K-14, an increase of $3.8 billion over last year. Per -pupil spending for K-12 education from all sources is projected to be $17,964 in 2020-21, an increase from $17,508 in 2019-20. Ongoing K-12 Proposition 98 per-pupil spending is expected to be $12,600 in 2020-21, an increase of $496 per pupil over 2019-20. "It's clear that the governor recognizes the chal- lenges facing our students and educators, and we applaud him for making strong allocations to address the needs of students and the critical teacher shortage in this state," says CTA Pres- ident E. Toby Boyd. Proposed budget highlights: LCFF and LCAP. Funding for the Local Control Funding For- mula (LCFF) is $64.2 billion, with support for actions to improve the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and improve LCFF fiscal accountability. "e $1.2 billion increase to the LCFF will help local schools provide additional programs for students, especially those with higher needs like English learners, lower- income students and foster youth," Boyd says. "e proposal also includes additional funding for early childhood education and for making college more accessible to students." Special education. A total of $900 million, including $645 million ongoing Prop. 98 General Fund to augment Newsom's proposed new special education base rate formula; $250 million on a one-time basis to school districts based on the number of children ages 3-5 with exceptional needs served; and funds for a study, workgroups, and dyslexia research and training. Boyd notes that the federal government " has shortchanged our students with special needs for far too long" and says Newsom's proposal for spe- cial education support will help offset some of those shortfalls and help provide the resources our stu- dents need. Educator recruitment and professional devel- opment. $900 million to expand and increase the preparedness of the state's public K-12 teacher and adminis- trator workforce, including: • Professional development and support. $350 million one-time Prop. 98 General Fund to augment competitive grants for professional learning opportunities for teachers and para- professionals across the state in specific high-need areas. • Educator recruitment and preparation (all one-time Prop. 98 General Fund). $193 million for a grant program to address workforce shortages in high-need subjects and areas; $175 mi l lion to expand th e Teach er Resi dency Program — locally sponsored, one-year intensive, men- tored, clinical teacher preparation programs dedicated Governor's Proposed Budget Supports Education 36 Advocacy Gavin Newsom

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