January 7, 2016
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments On Governor's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year:
"This is a good news budget for our students, teachers, parents, communities and businesses. The Governor is continuing to devote more revenues to high-quality learning that prepares children for 21st century careers and college, including an additional investment of $300 million in career technical education that emphasizes hands on learning.
"The ongoing economic recovery in California will increase the Proposition 98 budget guarantee for schools up to $71.6 billion, a dramatic improvement from the $47.3 billion budget share in the depths of the recession five years ago.
"I look forward to the discussion about Early Learning, which the Governor's budget identifies as a top priority. Details matter. We need to keep working together to provide high-quality instruction for our youngest learners, especially at-risk children in low-income communities.
"Schools are making great progress with the extra resources from Proposition 98 and Proposition 30, which voters approved three years ago. Schools are reducing class sizes, adding programs in the arts and many other subjects, and continuing to upgrade teaching of math, science and English. We need to make sure these extra revenues keep flowing so schools can continue their momentum. The future looks bright for our kids."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100