January 10, 2017
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Governor's Proposed Budget for 2017-18 Fiscal Year
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown’s proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year:
“In a year where California’s overall revenue is down, this is still another positive step forward for California’s 6.2 million public school students. The Governor’s proposed budget continues to invest more in helping students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college.
“The budget proposal adds $2.1 billion to the annual Proposition 98 guarantee for public education, which will increase to $73.5 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. Per-pupil spending under Prop. 98 will reach about $10,900, up from about $10,600 in the current budget year. As state revenue improves and the budget process continues, we hope that support for Early Education remains a priority for our youngest learners.
“Once again, I want to thank California voters for supporting this investment in our students when they approved Proposition 51 and Proposition 55 in the November election. Prop. 51 will deliver $9 billion in matching bonds fund to upgrade or construct new schools, and Prop. 55 continues an income tax extension to improve overall school funding.”
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100