Swanson, Robin


Robin Swanson Political Consultant Swanson Communications

California's Students Shortchanged in Final Budget Deal

By Robin Swanson
Education Coalition

On top of the astonishing $17 billion in cuts to schools imposed over the past two years, under the new budget agreement expected to be voted on by the legislature today, California’s students will receive $4.3 billion less than they are owed under Proposition 98, the minimum school funding guarantee.  The budget agreement also fails to provide any new, stable revenue streams for schools.  

Legislature Overwhelmingly Rejects Governor's May Revision Budget

By Robin Swanson
Education Coalition

On Wednesday the Governor's May Revision proposal to cut billions more from California's public schools was overwhelmingly rejected by the California State Legislature, falling 29 votes short of what was needed for passage.

With $17 billion in cuts already made to public schools over the past two years, nearly 30,000 educators in California's public schools have been laid off - driving up class sizes, denying students individualized instruction and leaving sparse adult supervision on school campuses.

The Governor's failed budget proposal would have further reduced revenue limit funding -general purpose support for schools - by $1.5 billion.  This represents a cut of about $250 per student.  The Governor also proposes cuts of $1.4 billion to child development programs, $28 million to county offices of education, $550 million from the K-3 Class Size Reduction program, and $206 million from virtually all K-12 programs to impose a negative cost-of-living adjustment.

Federal Funds Must be Used for Intended Purpose: Helping our Public Schools, Not Fixing California’s Budget Crisis

By Robin Swanson
Education Coalition

With the new school year already underway and students facing unprecedented larger class sizes due to $17 billion in cuts to public schools over the past two years, California's lawmakers need to take urgent action to ensure that federal funding passed by Congress is distributed to schools immediately and not used to fix the state's budget crisis.

Under a law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last week, the "Keep Our Educators Working Act," California is due to receive $1.2 billion in federal funding for education to help put teachers and teaching assistants back in classrooms, and to help put others working in California schools back on the job, including custodians and school bus drivers.