Sacramento, CA – On behalf of the organization's nearly 300,000 members in California, StudentsFirst Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Fiscal Strategy Rebecca Sibilia today issued the following statement applauding the education priorities laid out in Governor Jerry Brown's May Revision:
"We're pleased that Governor Brown's revised state budget proposal continues to prioritize education by improving funding flexibility and equity and by providing significant resources toward implementing the Common Core State Standards.
"We know that all students – regardless of race, zip code or income – can achieve at high levels, and the rigorous Common Core academic standards will help ensure that all California students graduate from high school college- and career-ready. We're also pleased Governor Brown is standing by his Local Control Funding Formula, which fairly funds all students and provides disadvantaged students with additional resources. We urge the Legislature to support this bold plan and work with him to ensure these funds are deployed in a transparent and accountable way."
When Governor Brown released his budget proposal in January, Sibilia issued a statement in support of the principles behind his Local Control Funding Formula proposal; for more information, please read our policy blog post, "With budget flexibility, Governor and Legislature may take important step in restoring CA schools." For more information about the Common Core State Standards, please read our policy brief, "Common Core State Standards, Establishing Rigor for All Students."
[About StudentsFirst: StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what's best for students. Today, too many of America's children are not getting the quality education they need and deserve. StudentsFirst is helping to change that with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. We are working to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids' lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child's education, and our tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 18 states, and our movement continues to grow. For more information visit www.studentsfirst.org.]