Kudos to Gov. Jerry Brown for proposing a balanced state budget. Impressively, he has added to the state reserve and proposed more money for K-12 education — about $1.6 billion. It’s a good start.
Nothing about our state budget is simple. Even the funding formula for schools is complicated; the worksheet is several pages long. His proposal to simplify school funding will take seven years to implement and eventually cost about $15 billion. Schools (and districts) with more disadvantaged students will get more money.
Part of Brown’s proposal is consolidating the 40 or so funds directed toward special programs, except for Transportation, Targeted Instructional Improvement Grants (??!), and federal programs. Did I mention how complicated school funding is?