The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released today their analysis of Governor Brown’s proposed budget. In general, the overview affirms the administration’s multi-year approach toward the “3 R’s”: Reductions, Revenues and Realignment. We particularly appreciate the LAO’s position on the need to overhaul school finance beyond the temporary measures called for to extract California from the cycle of deficit budgeting:
We also think the Governor and Legislature could make more significant strides toward improving the K‑12 school finance system by not merely extending the sunset for the existing flexibility provisions but by thinking about how to strategically redesign the state’s K‑12 school finance system such that it better serves districts and the public in both the short and long term.
You can read the full report here.