Re: State Budget & Governor’s Proposed May Revision
Dear Senator/Assemblymember Last Name:
Over the past two months, Buckeye Union’s educators and staff have responded heroically to provide instruction and broader support to students and families, including over 50,000 meals to families in need. We are in good company with many Districts across California that have done the same. Now, it is your opportunity to support our efforts to reopen schools.
As budget deliberations unfold, it is imperative that public schools be funded at a level that allows for us to reopen safely and to adequately address the academic and social-emotional needs of our students who have been out of school since early March. Please support public education by improving the Governor’s May Revision and funding our schools in a manner that reflects the real value supporting our students has for our State’s future.
Please Oppose Cuts to LCFF & Categoricals
The Governor’s proposed cuts to the LCFF and remaining categorical programs will diminish the ability of Districts to safely reopen schools and will have dramatic impacts on educational quality across our State for years to come. To safely reopen schools, LEAs will need even more funding than in prior years as fixed costs continue to rise along with costs associated with social distancing, distance learning and keeping students and employees safe and healthy. The proposed cuts would inhibit necessary investments in these areas and cuts of this magnitude would force districts, like Buckeye Union, to reduce staffing and cut programs critical to safely reopening schools and affect the health and well-being of students.
Distribute Federal Funds Fairly – Expand Distribution & Spending Flexibility
Under the Governor’s May Revision, districts, including Buckeye Union do not benefit from the majority of the federal funds already received by the State, as $2.9 billion is proposed to be distributed only to school districts that generate concentration grant funding. The proposed allocation method does not acknowledge the fact that all districts face significant cost pressures associated with reopening schools and will need financial assistance. The federal funds should be provided to all districts in a manner that allows maximum spending flexibility.
Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Non-Proposition 98 funding should be utilized to purchase PPE for schools as education funding should be reserved for meeting the educational needs of students. To this end, the state should either use its purchasing power to procure PPE for schools or provide non-Prop. 98 funding to districts to allow for the purchase of PPE.
Support Pension Relief
I do support the Governor’s proposal to use $2.3 billion in non-Proposition 98 funds to buy down pension costs would provide critical relief to one of LEAs’ biggest cost pressures. The proposal would allow for local funds to be redirected to areas that will directly support students.
Support Special Education (SPED) Base Augmentation
For many years, special education funding has not kept pace with rising costs. The Governor’s proposal to allocate $645 million to augment SPED base funding will provide greater funding equity to districts and ensure LEAs are better resourced to serve students with exceptional needs.
Thank you for supporting our schools and community.
[First and Last Name]
June 2, 2020
Dear Buckeye Families and Friends,
Thank you! We are feeling encouraged to have heard that so many of you have joined the effort to save our schools! Thank you to all of you who have joined the letter writing campaign and written our legislators about the coming budget crisis in our school district. Now, more than ever, the education of our children is where we start, as a nation, as a state, as a community, to create the future of equality, compassion, and prosperity we all dream of. We cannot lose momentum as we attempt in the next two weeks to influence the state's budget decisions before the June 15 vote. Please read the latest letter (below) from District Superintendent Dr. Roth, and use the sample to write another letter to your legislator today!
We still have hope! We must continue to make our voices heard! There is nothing so strong as our love for our children, and together we can help give them the beautiful future they deserve!
We are Buckeye!
The Buckeye Education Foundation Board
From Dr. Roth on Tuesday, June 2, 2020:
To All Buckeye Union,
Thank you to everyone that has previously emailed or has written a letter to a legislator regarding the Governor's budget proposal for public education. His proposal contains an unequal distribution of emergency federal funds as well as other provisions that are particularly punishing to Districts, like Buckeye Union, across our State.
With less than two weeks before the legislature passes a State budget, it is important we keep up the pressure on our representatives and those who are in positions to influence the outcome of the budget process. Please consider emailing the following legislators using the letter below. Please personallize the letter to the appropriate legislator and include your name at the bottom of the letter.
David Roth, Ph.D.
Brian Dahle - email@example.com
Kevin Kiley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin McCarty (chair of subcommittee on education budget) - email@example.com
Take Action Buckeye!
Join the letter writing campaign!
Help make our voices heard before June 15!
Additional Contact Information for our Legislators:
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education)
915 L Street, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 324-4676
Fax: (916) 327-3338
Senator Brian Dahle
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4001
Fax: (916) 651-4901
Assemblymember Kevin Kiley
8799 Auburn-Folsom Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
Assemblymember Frank Bigelow
Placerville District Office
2441 Headington Road
Placerville, CA 95667
NOTE: Web forms will only allow you to write to a representative if you reside within their district.
California Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Congressman Tom McClintock
2200A Douglas Blvd, Suite 240
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 786-5560
Fax: (916) 786-6364
State Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
State Senator Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
The following information was posted by BUSD Board Member Jon Yoffie on the Buckeye Foundation's FaceBook page, and we thought it deserved re-posting here. It clearly distills some of the data, which is the factual grounding for the case we are making to our state representatives. You can read the entirety of the post on our Buckeye Foundation FaceBook Page.
"As currently structured, here is the CARES Act funding for our local school districts (keeping in mind that each is facing an ~7.5% budget cut immediately).
Buckeye: $60/per student
Rescue: $63 per
EDUHSD: $73 per
Compare that with nearby Concentration Grant districts:
Elk Grove: $207 per student
San Juan: $276 per
Sac City: $398 per
Twin Rivers: $547 per
Clearly the funds are not being distributed equitably on a per student basis.
These cuts are deeper and came on faster than anything we saw during the great recession and are taken from a budget where education spending has failed to reach pre-recession levels.
If you are interested in more specifics, I suggest contacting the district administration."
You can also search funding by district at the link below:
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