For the first time in five years, local school districts could see an increase in per-student funding based on Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.
However, overall funding is still about 10 percent lower than the amount districts received from the state in 2007-08.
Matthew Roberts, superintendent of the Galt Joint Union High School District, said his staff is pleased to see the proposal to provide for an increase in education on a per-student basis — but still cautious.
"We need to continue to watch the levels of funding," he said, noting that the proposal is based on optimistic forecasts for future revenue. "We need to continue to develop the fragile economy as a big-picture item; stock market is back up, housing is in a slow growth, unemployment is improving. ... Any one of these areas can have a negative impact on the optimistic forecasts for revenue."