Budget Changes Rules In The Middle Of The Game
OPINION – Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) recently struck a deal that would hurt thousands of California’s Black and Latino children. The deal involves SB 98, a trailer bill to the state budget that contains a controversial provision to keep the same level of funding in school districts with declining student enrollment instead of the money following the student. This deal defunds schools that have increased enrollment and documented academic achievement — schools where California’s Black and Latino parents are taking their children.
In California, school funding has always followed the child to the school where they are enrolled. If a child changes schools, the funding goes with them which is the logical and traditional way it has been done. SB 98 changes all of that and is a slap in the face to the many Black and Latino parents who work hard every day and want the best opportunity for their children to obtain a good, quality education.