2023-24 State Budget Webinar Series: Governor's Budget Proposals

Eric Premack

Founder & Executive Director

Category: CA State Budget
January 18, 2023

In this webinar, CSDC’s Executive Director and Founder, Eric Premack, provides a detailed review of Governor Newsom’s proposed 2023-24 state budget. The governor’s January proposals set the stage for the annual state budget adoption cycle, This webinar is the first part of CSDC’s annual budget webinar cycle, to be followed later this year by our May Revise and Adopted Budget webinars, all supplemented with periodic legislative alerts and postings as conditions warrant.


Timestamp Slide Description

Slide 1

Welcome & About CSDC: This webinar is one of the many benefits available exclusively to CSDC Member schools. In addition to webinars, CSDC shares a few other tips for fully utilizing CSDC Membership as well as dates for upcoming CSDC leadership trainings


Slide 6

Economic Context: Using an analogy of an “upside-down wedding cake,” CSDC provides a broad overview of the current economic context, starting with macroeconomic trends, then narrowing focus to the state’s economic climate, including:

  • Factors driving state revenue declines
  • The gap between revenues and current budget estimates
  • The state’s long-term deficit spending problem
  • Gann limit
  • Proposition 98 funding guarantee 


Slide 14

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)  & Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): With the Governor proposing to fund an estimated 8.13% statutory COLA, CSDC shares its estimates of 2023-24 LCFF funding rates, as well as multi-year LCFF COLA estimates. CSDC also discusses:

  • The LCFF “Equity Multiplier” proposal
  • What is currently known about the Governor’s significant “accountability improvements” 
  • LCAP reminders
  • “Hold Harmless” funding implementation
  • Emergency ADA & instructional time protections 


Slide 24

Universal Pre-K & Transitional Kindergarten: CSDC explains whether the Governor will continue along the planned TK expansion path in 2023-24 and beyond. The Governor also proposes to fund continued reduction in TK pupil-to-adult ratio ($165 million). What does current law state about further reductions? Note: Slide concludes at 1:00 after Q&A (below). 


Q&A: Some of the live questions from CSDC Members included:

  • Do nonclassroom-based charters have to offer transitional kindergarten?
  • Are there any workarounds (such as board policies) for nonclassroom-based charters around transitional kindergarten teacher requirements?
  • Is there a dedicated funding source for charter schools looking for facilities to add transitional kindergarten.
  • Are there advocacy efforts aimed at including charter schools in “hold harmless” funding protections? 


Slide 26

Arts Funding Switcheroo & Prop 28: CSDC discusses the Governor's proposed $1.2 billion, retroactive funding cut to the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant and critiques the Governor's justification for the cut.

Approved by voters in the last November election, Proposition 28 will boost K-12 education funding by 1% starting next year (2023-24) and require spending the funds on arts instruction. CSDC shares its current per-student funding estimates and discusses the numerous–and often ambiguous–restrictions of which you should be aware. 


Slide 30

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P): This relatively new state categorical program is intended to provide...