Local school officials are still uncertain about how the state budget — and rosier financial forecasts — will impact Burbank Unified next year.
A new funding formula proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown could bring a 5% — or $2.7 billion — increase in state funding next year, representing the first increase to education funding in five years. Of that funding chunk, $400 million would support energy efficiency projects across California.
Additional funds would keep kindergarten through third-grade classes at a 24-student minimum average.
“We all feel like recovery’s starting now,” said Christine Statton, assistant superintendent of administrative services, at a recent school board meeting.
But Statton remains skeptical of the local impact since funding for schools would remain at 10% less than what the schools received in 2007-08.
“It’s unlikely that everyone’s expectations will be met,” Statton said.
Under the new proposal, base funding for each district depends on the number of English language learners, foster children and students who receive free or reduced-fee lunches.