Governor Jerry Brown released his budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year yesterday, Jan. 10, 2013. At first look, the Governor's proposal seems like a good starting point for restoring funding to public education, although it will take us time to analyze its impacts for our District. San Diego Unified is committed to providing stability for our students and schools in the 2013-14 year. As we study the details of the Governor’s proposal, we are hopeful that we can maintain stable school staffing in the next budget year. After five years of cuts to education, it is a relief to see that trend reversed but as the Governor stated, it will take time to return education funding to the adequate levels that we saw in 2008.
This is a step forward but at first look we believe there will be enhancements that we and others in the education community will be urging the Legislature to make as they begin to refine this preliminary proposal from the governor. As we go through our own budget process in the coming weeks, we will make clear to both the Governor's office and to the Legislature where the proposal needs to be improved in order to achieve the goal of stability for our schools in the coming year. These efforts began last week when Board members Richard Barrera and Kevin Beiser, SDEA President Bill Freeman, teachers, administrators, community members and I visited State Senator Marty Block regarding adequate funding for education.
For more information about Gov. Brown's budget proposal, go to http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/ .