Sacramento - California State PTA President Carol Kocivar issued the following statement today in response to the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 state budget proposal.
"After years of horrible budget cuts to public education, we are pleased that cuts to schools are not part of the conversation this year. That is welcome news.
Making education a priority, even in an austere budget, is important. This budget proposes additional dollars for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education.
There remains much work ahead to ensure that our state once and for all addresses its school funding crisis, so that we move up from the basement among states in per-student funding and restore and build up the programs and services all children need to be successful in life and careers. This includes restoring and investing in early childhood education.
California State PTA also supports the objective to improve the school funding system so that it is more rational, transparent, accountable, and provides additional resources for the students who need them most. Both adequacy and equity in school funding are essential. We appreciate the Governor’s recognition that those closest to schools should have an increased say in school funding decisions.
There are many specific details to study in the Governor’s proposal, and much discussion and input that will need to take place, but we are confident this is a year when positive changes to the school funding distribution system can be achieved. We look forward to analyzing the proposal more closely and ensuring that parents have an important voice in the legislative deliberations."
The California State PTA has nearly one million members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the national's oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org.