During the Great Recession, budgets were made that severely restricted operating budgets across the State of California. Berkeley alone lost $9 million dollars over a period of six years.
The charts below show that over time the loss of revenue from the State of California was partially offset by one-time federal stimulus funds, increased student attendance, growing numbers of elementary school students, and modest growth in local revenue. The reduction in state funding for Adult School programs is also represented. During this period, many state funds that were previously “restricted” to specific purposes have become unrestricted contributions to the BUSD General Fund. Some of the Adult School funding is now used for K-12 education purposes.