GOP: Reverse Budget Reserve Restriction On School Districts
Each year, the state recommends a minimum budget reserve for school districts. Now, thanks to a last-minute provision in this year’s state budget, there’s a maximum as well: either two or three times the minimum, depending on how big a district is.
To Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, that’s ridiculous.
“Just when we finally climbed out of that hole, we’re putting this on them, and saying – and now, you can’t build healthy reserves," Olsen said. "It’s not fair and it’s bad for students, and it’s bad for teachers alike,” she said.
But Democrats are defending the cap as “very reasonable” and say it would rarely be used.
“We want them to have a healthy reserve, just as we want the state to have a healthy reserve. We just don’t want them to be sitting on unnecessarily high amounts of money when that money should be getting into the classroom,” said Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner.
Jim Groth, San Diego's California Teachers Association representative said San Diego districts prefer to keep large reserve funds rather than increase teacher salaries.
The Republican proposal is unlikely to move forward in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.