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Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a revised budget proposal sent to him by the California State Legislature that seeks to ensure a reasonable spending plan with sound investments to secure California’s future.
As part of the budget process, CompTIA supported budget items that will lead to more effective uses of technology to improve education outcomes of students in K-12 and higher education. These improvements will prepare students for success in a 21st Century digital-age workforce.
The final budget was $115.4 billion, only $61 million above the Governor’s May Revise revenue estimates. Overall, this year’s budget was a win for improving education and incorporating technology into the learning process. Prop 98 funding for K-12 and Community Colleges totaled $68.4 billion; $7.6 billion or $12.3% more than last year’s budget.
Highlights from the 2015 budget, which await Governor Brown’s approval include:
K-12 Technology Infrastructure
Funding to Implement New Standards
K-14 Career-Technical Education and Apprenticeship Program Funding
Community College Redesign of Basic Skills
Revenue from temporary taxes from Proposition 30 has closed the K-12 spending gap between California and the national average by more than 60 percent. However, while this was a banner year for K-14 funding, Prop 30 is scheduled to expire in 2016 which will reduce funding considerably. At that point, K-12 and community college revenues are expected to flatten out, or in the case of a recession, decline.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the budget deal on June 24, 2015.
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