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California Budget Cuts Reduce Millions from School Facilities Budget

California Budget Cuts Reduce Millions from School Facilities Budget

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature have taken steps to reduce the state budget deficit. Above, Newsom meets with delegates from Norway on April 17, 2024. (Travis Gillmore/The Epoch Times)

Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

4/22/2024

Updated: 4/22/2024

An agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature that reduces the state’s budget shortfall by about $17.3 billion will also cut hundreds of millions from the state’s public school facilities.
The Early Action Agreement Overview, signed April 4 by the governor, reduces the estimated $73 billion budget deficit with billions in cuts, delays, fund shifts, borrowing, and deferrals, according to a fact sheet from the governor’s office.
Among the cuts is a $500 million reduction in the School Facility Aid Program, which provides funds to school districts for construction, deferred maintenance and emergency repairs.
The reductions cut the facility program’s budget from $875 million to $375 million for the 2024-25 fiscal year.
The new agreement also delays $550 million in facilities grants to build or remodel classrooms for preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten until the 2025-26 fiscal year.
Newsom’s 2023–24 fiscal year budget also pledged to give both the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems a 5 percent annual boost in funding for the next five years if they worked toward improving graduation and enrollment rates, particularly among California residents.
With the pledged increases, state funding amounted to $216 million for UC and $227 million for CSU for the current fiscal year, which started last July.
However, the agreement defers $500 million in pledged funds to UC and CSU, and it cuts $300 million in promised funding from UCLA’s Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy Project.
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Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

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Micaela Ricaforte covers education in Southern California for The Epoch Times. In addition to writing, she is passionate about music, books, and coffee.

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