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CVUSD may not meet financial needs

BY PAUL C. H. VELASCO

CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR

California Gov. Jerry Brown is greeted by lawmakers as he enters the Assembly to deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (Photo courtesy of APImages)

The Coachella Valley Unified School District may not meet its financial needs for the next couple of years.

The CVUSD will have a budget deficit of about $300,000. According to the Desert Sun, the budget deficit is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal plan that will start in July. In this plan the district will have $6.4 million less for the 2017-2018 year and $1.8 million less for the 2018-2019 year. This means that the CVUSD will have less money to use for the teachers and students that need it in an area already suffering poverty.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s cuts to education is part of a larger plan that is projected to run a $2 billion deficit and will add about $1.15 billion into the state’s rainy day funds. This will bring the reserve total to $7.9 billion at the end of 2017 – 2018. This is in reaction to Republican-controlled White House and Congress and the possibility of losing federal funds.

However, not all the board members were happy about the CVUSD running a budget deficit. In a Desert Sun report, about 96 percent of the students fall under the category of English language learners or living as foster children or in poverty. This qualifies the district for extra money for the state to help with these students in need. In an interview with the Desert Sun, the Board President Blanca Hall blames the administration for not properly allocating the money where it needs to go despite having the extra money from the state.

The district has until the school year of 2018-2019 to make up the (roughly) $300,000 deficit in the budget.

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