Sen. Bruce Dammeier, vice chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee answers the question, “What have lawmakers done for students this year?”
Senate education budget facts:
- Greatest new investment in K-12 of any budget in state history.
- 47 percent of the budget dedicated to K-12 education — a share not seen since the 1980s.
- New spending 4:1 for education (Senate budget v2.0)
- Follows 30 years when education was put behind growth in non-education spending by a 2:1 margin over education.
- Bipartisan efforts invest in all-day kindergarten, reduces class size in kindergarten through 3rd grade and fully funds maintenance supplies and operation costs.
- $2.7 billion total proposed spending increase for K-12 education, up from $15.3 billion in 2013-15 to $18 billion in 2015-17 – an 18% increase.
- $440 million in additional teacher pay and benefits; $230 million for voter-approved teacher COLAs and $210 million for pension benefits.
- Builds over 2,100 classrooms to lower class size for K-3 grades
- Additional $1.3 billion toward basic education addressing the McCleary court decision.
- Per-pupil funding will see an overall 33% increase.
- This represents a fundamental shift in priorities not seen in 30 years since the Majority Coalition Caucus started governing in the Senate in 2013.
Education Funding Facts:
|Year||K-12 Funding Changes||COLA?|
|2009-11||$340 million CUT||No|
|2011-13||$652 million (below maintenance level)||No|
|2013-15||$1.6 billion increase||No|
|2015-17 (proposed)||$2.7 billion increase||Yes|