February 19, 2015
following is an excerpt from an article by Dan Walters on the Sacramento Bee Website posted on February 17, 2015.
State and local school financing has jumped from $47.3 billion during the first budget of Brown’s second governorship (2011-12) to a projected $65.7 billion in 2015-16 – and probably will go even higher as revenue outstrips current forecasts.
Moreover, Brown is repaying billions of dollars in school appropriations that had been deferred and freeing up billions in previously restricted allocations known as “categorical aids.”
While school officials are gladly spending the extra money, they are learning that it comes with some complicating conditions.
One is the Local Control Funding Formula, adopted in 2013, that diverts much of the new money into extra grants to districts with large numbers of poor and “English learner” students.