School Districts Ask State to Delay Pension Contribution Increases

Superintendents from several major school districts have written a letter to Gavin Newsom and the Legislature requesting a two-year freeze on scheduled increases in pension contributions. According to EdSource, it would save them an estimated $1.3 billion in 2020-21 and less than half of that in 2021-22. 

The Sacramento Bee reports that the districts have also requested that the state “divert money from a variety of relief funds to help them get through the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak.”

Schools are already getting $100 million in emergency funds from the state, plus $1.6 billion from the federal government. But the superintendents say much more will be needed. They are afraid that the state will reduce education funding. They urged the governor not to support any dramatic cuts to schools and specifically asked him to declare a budget emergency to free up rainy day funds.

The letter was signed by superintendents from Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, and Riverside.

Read more about its contents here