Falls Short of McCleary Deadline

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.
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