Legislatively Speaking September 2011

Legislatively Speaking … By Robin Klau, VP Legislative Advocacy, Live Oak

Based on reports from Sacramento, it is going to be a challenging year for education funding.  The State budget that passed in June was based on California receiving $4 billion more in revenues over the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  If this revenue does not materialize, the budget was written to introduce “trigger” cuts.  Per the Sacramento Bee article, 9/6/11, “the budget requires the state to impose as much as $2.5 billion in cuts to K-12 schools, higher education, public safety and social services”.  Under the current budget, state finance officials will have to decide in December whether the state is on track and if not, impose cuts.  One of our best defenses against this unstable budget situation is to stay informed in order to protect and promote education funding in California.  
Our PTA units and SRV Council of PTAs will be bringing education finance information nights to you.  We will report in this column if there is an upcoming presentation scheduled at a school in our district.  These education finance information nights are a great way for you to get your questions answered regarding the impact of the state budget on our school district and local schools.  As your legislative representative at our school, I will report at the monthly PTA/PTSA meetings and in this column.  I encourage you to sign up for California State PTA alerts by visiting the California State PTA website - Legislative and by visiting the SRV Council Legislative page .  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, Robin Klau, at legadvocacy@liveoakpta.net.