Governor's Budget Workshop

About the Workshop

On January 10, 2018, a historic event will occur; Governor Jerry Brown will release his 16th, and last, edition of his Governor’s Budget Proposals. While the State Budget remains a document of policy, priorities, and competition for resources, this particular Budget Proposal will also likely carry the legacy of California’s only four-term Governor. A tenure that long, albeit separated by 20 years, provides the opportunity to learn from that long experience and to promote ingrained pervasive policies and visions that could not be accomplished in a shorter span. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the Governor’s legacy for public education; this will be his last chance to solidify past principles or adopt new ones. The Administration will provide its economic forecast and financial plan for the state; we expect that plan to reflect the Governor’s attitude toward spending, the recession, and the overall state of the California economy. The release of the Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2018-19 begins the process for legislative consideration of the Budget, but it also provides critical information for development of school agency budgets and one last chance to change the 2017-18 Budget as well.

The passage of Proposition 55 temporary taxes and the Proposition 51 school facilities bond in November of 2016, plus the addition of the gas tax in 2017 provide the Governor additional resources and stability. How will the Governor use these additional resources in his January Budget?

The 2018-19 Budget will also be impacted by the latest economic forecasts and the Administration’s estimates of state revenues and Proposition 98 funding. We expect that the Governor will continue his current conservative view of state economics; that will leave the state with some difficult choices. However, the Budget also reflects priorities for programs and government services; the 2018-19 Budget Proposal represents the Governor’s last chance to reflect the priorities and policies he believes will help California succeed in closing the achievement gap.

Our workshop will emphasize the elements of a maturing LCFF; the latest revisions of the Local Control and Accountability Plan; and information on best practices for expenditure of base grant, supplemental grant, and concentration grant funds. Changes in governance strategies, educational programs, and financial forecasting will be required to successfully implement these aspects of local control and accountability. These topics, as well as addressing the increasing cost of pension contributions, the requirements for local agency reserve levels, and other current topics of interest will be provided at this year’s Governor’s Budget Workshop.

While the workshop will focus on the major policy issues and funding proposals the Governor and the Legislature will address, the presentation, as always, will be in sufficient detail for local educational agencies (LEAs) to project their revenues for 2018-19—and for the balance of 2017-18—in alignment with the Administration’s Budget recommendations and fiscal assumptions. In addition, this year’s workshop will provide a heavy emphasis on advice and suggestions for what LEAs can do now to plan and prepare for the future. With all of the new issues before us, this is a “can’t miss” workshop. We look forward to joining you in this important journey.

Who Should Attend?

These half-day workshops are intended for California’s educational leaders responsible for policy and budget decisions, including board members, superintendents, superintendent’s cabinet members, chief financial officials, fiscal directors/budget officers, school site leaders, public affairs/legislative officers, negotiators, human resources staff, charter school officials, and other leaders.

The Presenters

Ron Bennett, Chief Executive Officer
John Gray,
Robert Miyashiro,
Vice President
Suzanne Speck,
Vice President
Sheila Vickers,
Vice President
Other SSC Experts



SSC Clients:

$215 per attendee
$315 per attendee

AM Program
Program Begins:
Program Ends:

8:00 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 PM

PM Program
Program Begins:
Program Ends:

12:45 PM
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Dates and Locations
January 16, 2018   Sacramento Convention Center - AM - FULL  
January 16, 2018   Sacramento Convention Center - PM  
January 17, 2018   Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center Pomona - AM - FULL  
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