Press Release

OAKLAND, CA (May 13, 2014) – Valerie Cuevas, Interim Executive Director of The Education Trust—West, issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s May Budget Revision:


“We are happy to see that our state’’s economic recovery is helping California schools receive more funding for the second year in a row. We applaud Governor Brown for his leadership and his continued commitment to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and his effort to eliminate deferred appropriations to schools. Unfortunately, we are disappointed by the lack of additional funding for the implementation of new content standards and the inadequate funding for the technology infrastructure needed to implement new computer-adaptive assessments. Without a substantial investment in these areas, achievement gaps could be exacerbated rather than eliminated. We urge the Governor and the Legislature to reconsider. Also as California explores proposals for a Proposition 98 reserve and for paying teachers’’ retirement benefits, we must not lose sight of the needs of our most vulnerable students.”

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About The Education Trust——West
The Education Trust——West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.