First Look at Budget Trailer Details 2024-2025
February 2024

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Budget Trailer Process

Every January, California’s Governor announces his proposed budget for the upcoming year, and Governor Newsom released his 2024-25 proposed budget on January 10, 2024. In case you missed it, click here for our post with more details on his proposed budget.

The Governor’s proposed budget in January typically requires changes to existing law in order to implement these budget changes. If changes are necessary, separate budget implementation bills or “trailer bills” are introduced in order to implement the change. 

Here’s what you need to know about “trailer bills” at this point in the budget process.

  • All proposed statutory changes needed to implement the Governor’s Budget (trailer bills) are due to the Legislature by February 1st. 
  • The Department of Finance provides the Legislature with these trailer bills.
  • Trailer bills are organized by issue areas such as “K-12”, “higher education”, and “housing.” 
  • Trailer bills are heard concurrently with the Budget Bill and move through the Assembly and Senate budget committees.

Next Steps

Budget subcommittees will hold overview hearings, and then in May, the governor will release the revised state budget (also known as the May Revise). By June 15, the legislature must pass a balanced budget that then goes to the Governor for signature.  The budget is accompanied by Budget Trailer Bills that will provide details for the implementation of the budget. Access resources to learn more about the budget process.

Proposed Trailer Bill Impacts on Expanded Learning - Attendance Recovery

There are currently a number of items proposed to change the California Education Code related to the implementation of ELO-P funding, most notably around Instructional Continuity and Attendance Recovery

The Basics of Attendance Recovery (as currently proposed)

  • This is an optional opportunity for Districts to recover attendance. Participation in the program is voluntary (at the election of the student/parent/guardian).
  • Attendance Recovery programs may be operated before or after school, on weekends, or during intersession. This includes as a component during ASES/21st CCLC/ASSETs/ELO-P programming, or it could be operated separately of Expanded Learning programming during those times.
  • There is no additional funding to support the implementation of this program should a district choose to implement one.
  • Besides clarifying that Attendance Recovery Programs could be a component of an Expanded Learning program, this doesn’t otherwise alter the requirements for Expanded Learning programs.
  • Attendance Recovery cannot result in an individual student being credited for more than 15 days of attendance in a school year (July 1 – June 30). It will be credited in the year in which the program is operated. Attendance can be generated in 15-minute increments.
  • Attendance Recovery programs must be under the immediate supervision of a credentialed teacher who is also responsible for the documentation of attendance recovery.
  • Grade level minimum day requirements: grades 1-3 is 230 minutes*, grades 4-8 is 240 minutes (more details: CEC Sections 46110 – 46120)
  • CDE must develop guidance and post on their website on or before June 30, 2025.

For more details on these proposed changes, access the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill language, starting on page 50.

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