I'm working with school superintendents throughout the state to increase K-12 funding, especially the base grant of the Local Control Funding Formula.
Increasing the LCFF base grant has been one of my top priorities. I hear from all my local superintendents: raising the base grant portion of the Local Control Funding Formula will give all school districts greater flexibility with their local spending priorities as well as help school districts meet the needs to properly educate all their students. Rising fixed cost, inflation, declining enrollment/student absences, teacher retention, staffing shortages all are reasons that an increase in base funding is needed.
This year I introduced AB 1614: This bill adds $4.2 billion into the current base grant funding, using the existing Local Control Funding Formula, for the 2022-2023 budget year, with intent language that the Legislature strive to reach the top ten states in the country in K-12 per pupil spending.