Monthly Archives: July 2019

State Allocation Board talks full-day kindergarten program, hears several appeals

9 Jul
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The State Allocation Board meets monthly to apportion funds to school districts, act on appeals, and adopt policies and regulations. At its June 26 meeting, Office of Public School Construction staff provided updates on the Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program and priority funding apportionments, and three appeals were heard. Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program update Lisa Silverman, executive officer of the Office of Public School Construction, reported to the board that the second filing round for Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant...

CEO’s Note: What a CSBA poll tells us about Californians’ views about education funding

9 Jul
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In my last CEO’s note in the spring California Schools magazine, I discussed the ongoing “big short” in how the state of California has funded its schools over the past several decades. A new statewide poll from CSBA confirms that, in a year when statewide teacher strikes persist and the financial strain of our schools becomes more prevalent in the California news cycle, the general public is also acutely aware of the funding crisis facing our schools. What is often...

Diverse consortium lays out policy priorities to boost English learner achievement

8 Jul
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A new policy priority report from The Consortium for English Learner Success finds that if California does not boost the achievement of English learner students, “it will lose the linguistic, cultural, social and economic assets of these students needed to develop a global, diverse and multilingual state and economy.” CSBA was among the more than 100 organizations and groups that participated in meetings and discussions to identity the five policy priorities aimed to improve access, quality and outcomes for English...

CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance restores California public school funds to state budget

3 Jul
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California’s public schools will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding and avoid billions in potential losses thanks to a settlement agreement between the State of California and CSBA. The agreement ensures public schools will receive repayment of $686 million (approximately $110 per student) due to prior year underpayments. It also contains provisions that could protect up to 1 percent of the Proposition 98 guarantee ($756 million in 2017–18 and potentially more in subsequent years) as part of...

A look inside the enacted 2019–20 budget act

2 Jul
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On June 27, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed his first state budget act as Governor, wrapping up a 2019–20 budget that invests more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee in pension relief and special education. While the budget invests heavily in ongoing programmatic support, there is no one-time discretionary money in the 2019–20 budget. The budget leaves no maintenance factor obligation or payment in 2019–20, and makes a $687 settle-up payment, leaving no additional outstanding settle up. During the...

Guidance and support needed for charter school authorizers, panel says

1 Jul
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Representatives from school districts, county offices of education and education organizations gathered in Sacramento on June 26 for a California Department of Education panel discussion, Best Practices for Charter School Authorization and Renewal. The panel, which included CSBA Legislative Advocate Carlos Machado, convened at a key moment for California’s charter schools amid the recent release of reform recommendations from a state-appointed task force and as several bills regarding enrollment policies, petition appeals and charter locations make their way through the...