SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to spend $2.7 billion more on K-12 education for the next fiscal year.
Brown released a budget proposal Thursday that calls for spending a total of $56.2 billion on schools for 2013-14. That figure will bring the state almost back to prerecession funding levels.
Budget cuts in recent years had reduced spending to $47.3 billion this year.
Of the additional amount allocated for the fiscal year starting July 1, the governor wants to use $1.8 billion to pay school districts what the state already owes them in late payments for previous years.
The budget also allocates $450 million of revenue from a corporate tax increase to a special fund for school energy efficiency initiatives.