CA finally has a budget. What it will mean for public schools.

artwork at Oakland's Sante Fe CDC (Tribune file photo by Laura A. Oda)Good news for early childhood centers: The California budget passed a few hours ago (and 100 days late) includes most the funding for child care that the governor had proposed to cut — a threat around which many school districts built their budgets.

Now, districts will have to figure out how to rebuild the programs they cut around a worst-case scenario budget assumption.

The upshot for Oakland: Based on its initial reading of the budget, OUSD expects to receive $9 million more than it planned for its K-12 program and at least $13 million more for its pre-k and school-age child care programs, according to spokesman Troy Flint.

The catch: It won’t get much of that K-12 money until July, the next fiscal year.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office came out with a timely summary that shows how the state bridged it $18 billion shortfall this time. (Hint: About two-thirds of the problem will crop up again in the future.)

You can find more details about how the budget affects schools, colleges and state universities in the full Tribune story.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • east oakland teacher

    Thanks Katy –
    Do you remember that at the meeting where the Board decided to close the two Adult Schools, Tony Smith promised that if the state restored $$ to ECE, Adult Ed would get some of its money back? Can you call him and ask him if he’s going to keep that promise? And if so, when? The community desperately needs Adult ESL and it’s gone.

  • Katy Murphy

    I do remember that meeting, though I’d have to dig through my notes (or watch the meeting video) to see how Smith’s statement was worded.

    I asked Troy Flint, the OUSD spokesman, about adult education earlier today. He said the district’s first priority would be to fully restore all early childhood education programs and then see what funding remains.