Educators are hopeful about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget, which was released Thursday.
The proposed budget for 2016-17 increases public spending for education to $10,591 per student – an increase of nearly $3,600. About $300 million will also go to career technical education.
Fresno Unified Chief Financial Officer Ruthie Quinto said in a statement Thursday that the new budget means more for Fresno’s most at-risk students.
“For Fresno Unified the vast majority of those funds … provide increased services for our students living in the most disadvantaged of circumstances: students living in poverty, homeless students and those in the foster system,” Quinto said via email.
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Fresno Unified officials said they need more time to evaluate how the state budget will affect local funds. They plan to make a public presentation to the school board this month.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called Brown’s proposal a “good news budget for our students, teachers, parents, communities and businesses.”
“I look forward to the discussion about early learning, which the governor’s budget identifies as a top priority. Details matter. We need to keep working together to provide high-quality instruction for our youngest learners, especially at-risk children in low-income communities,” Torlakson said.