Now is the Time to Advocate for Funding Equity in the State Budget

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May 18, 2012 On May, 14 Governor Brown released the May Revision to his 2012-13 budget proposal. The proposal maintains current funding levels for schools and begins to pay back some deferrals - but it relies on the passage of the Governor's tax initiative in November. Learn more by visiting www.ccsa.org/budgetupdate.

Now, state senators and assemblymemebers are preparing to make real decisions on the state budget. Your voice makes a difference! As Laney Holmer, a Westlake Charter School parent testified, "All of the thousands of volunteer hours cannot overcome the funding inequalities that charter schools have compared to other public schools, as well as the inevitable cash-flow crisis that we encounter."

Because of your actions, despite some negative votes, all of the charter school items are either still alive for a vote at a later date or headed to the budget conference committee for further discussion. Your voices will continue to make the difference in our funding equity efforts.

Looking for some inspiration to take the first step in advocating for your school? Watch this video of passionate school leaders delivering a message to Legislators, access CCSA's Legislative Advocacy Toolkit, or contact Laura Kerr to set up a legislative visit in June.