Assemblymember O’Donnell Statement on Passage of FY 2017-18 Budget

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assemblymember O'Donnell applauds increased funds for schools and ensuring the state lives within its means

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement on the passage of the FY 2017-18 budget:

"The budget passed by the Legislature today is fiscally responsible and educationally sound.   We continue to build a prudent reserve while increasing funds to support working families.  As a parent, teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I applaud increased funding to support classrooms across our state.  Boosting the Local Control Funding Formula by $1.4 billion will help our schools continue achievement gains.  The $50 million increase for our after school programs are long overdue and will prevent closures.  Protecting the Middle Class Scholarship will ensure our middle class families are able to contribute to our economy. 

”Despite the gains in this budget, we have more work to do next year to address the teacher shortage and expand access to career technical education programs.  Quality teachers matter in student success.  The supply of new teachers is at a 12-year low and enrollment in educator preparation programs has dropped by more than 70% over the last decade.  The budget provides $11 million for the California Educator Development Program, but much more is needed. 

“The budget continues the Career Technical Education Grant Program by $200 million for one more year.  In order to provide students with career choices and to meet workforce needs, we must develop a long-term funding solution.  I plan to hold hearings this fall to investigate this need.”     

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