SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The legislature passed AB/SB 75 on Monday, which will provide three years of backfill for schools affected by the Camp Fire.
Assemblyman James Gallagher requested the inclusion of this funding by submitting requests to legislative budget committees and the administration.
“The Local Control Funding Formula provides a base amount of funding tied to each district’s average daily attendance," Gallagher said. "Therefore, if students are temporarily displaced due to a fire, it could have huge financial implications for a school district. Our schools and the teachers that continue to selflessly serve our students amidst their own losses need to have assurances that the fire will not negatively impact their funding. Not only will this give families assurances and support as they rebuild their lives, but it is crucial to the economic recovery of our region.
The original draft of the budget bill did not include the backfill for affected charter schools, but Gallagher pushed for amendments that have ensured these schools will receive at least three years of financial support.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the charter school community on the Ridge," said Casey Taylor, Executive Director of Achieve Charter School. "This funding ensures all our schools will be able to rebuild and return, providing the school choice that has been so important to families. School choice is a motivating factor for families to stay and rebuild, a goal we are all working towards together."