PPIC report considers effectiveness of Local Control Funding Formula

As local educational agencies receive record-high funding through the Local Control Funding Formula — money that could play a major role in an equitable recovery following learning disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic — a new report is examining the finance system’s effectiveness. “Targeted […]

Child Tax Credit payments largely used on necessities, including education costs

About 40 percent of low-income families nationwide reported using expanded Child Tax Credit payments on education-related expenses including after-school programs, tutoring services, transportation to school, tuition, books and other supplies, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Over 90 percent of families with […]

Charter school employees prohibited from serving on county boards of education in counties where employing schools are

On Nov. 2, 2021, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued an advisory opinion (No. 20-102) concluding that executive directors and other charter school employees — like employees of traditional public schools — may not serve as members of the county board of education in the […]

The benefits of police on campus must be weighed against drawbacks, report finds

The presence of police on school grounds helps with general safety by decreasing unarmed violent offenses like fights, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Albany and RAND Corporation, published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. However, that appears to […]

State Board moves forward on LCAP changes, amends ESSA state plan

The State Board of Education took up a number of critical items at its Nov. 3–4 meeting related to school accountability, the K-12 Mathematics Framework timeline, the California Community Schools Partnership Program and amendments to the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, among other actions. […]

FAQ on testing children with disabilities this school year

The National Center on Educational Outcomes released “Frequently Asked Questions About Testing Children with Disabilities” in August, addressing common inquiries and providing corresponding resources for local educational agencies. Published for the 2021–22 academic year, the brief delves into whether and how children with disabilities, including […]

AB 599 updates criteria used to identify low-performing schools

Among the education bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this year was Assembly Bill 599. Authored by Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), this new law updates the criteria used to identify schools for annual inspection by a county superintendent for purposes of the settlement in Eliezer […]

State audit finds P-EBT payments to families delayed; schools can help with communication

The results of a state high-risk audit were released Oct. 28 for the California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) management of federal pandemic-relief funds for two food assistance programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, which issues […]