State Budget Falls Short of McCleary Deadline
- State Education Budget DOES NOT Fully Fund Basic Education by the McCleary Court Deadline of Sept. 1, 2018.
The budget is too little ….
- The table below shows the 2017-19 Biennium increase budgeted for Basic Education programs is about $1.6 billion.
- Everything else in the much-touted $7.3 billion increase in the budget for education is either for a NON-basic education program or is a NON-binding hope in the state’s 2019-21 biennium budget.
And too late …
- The timeline below compares state biennia, calendar years, state fiscal years and school years.
- The court deadline in red falls in September 2018, the beginning of school year 2018-19, which is two months into state fiscal year 2019. The state’s budgeted increase for education (about $1.8 billion) is completed at the end of fiscal year 2019 on June 30.
- To achieve the $7.3 billion increase in education, an additional $5.5 billion is needed in the 2019-21 biennial budget – a budget that actually doesn’t exist yet. And even then, the promised $7.3 billion budget goal won’t be completed until June 30, 2021, the end of fiscal year 2021 and well after the September 2018 court deadline.