Supreme Court rules in favor of student seeking monetary compensation under the Americans with Disabilities Act

On March 21, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion, holding that students receiving special education services who file suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seeking monetary compensation do not first have to exhaust administrative procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities […]

The progress of using federal COVID-19 aid in California — winter 2022 update

By Jeremy Anderson The first spending deadline for the historic federal COVID relief funding known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER I) fund and the Governors’ Emergency Education Relief (GEER I) fund was Jan. 30, 2023. These 2020 funding packages were the […]

Legislative Analyst’s Office predicts further budget downturn for Proposition 98 Guarantee

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January Budget Proposal estimates that the Proposition 98 Guarantee will drop by $1.5 billion for the 2023–24 fiscal year. The state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) thinks that figure is a bit optimistic and estimates the guarantee will end up about $2 […]

State analyst’s office recommends overhaul of adult education

California’s system for funding adult education needs a complete redesign, according to a Dec. 13 report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, which called the current methodology “fundamentally flawed and at odds with the state’s program goals.” The brief, Redesigning California’s Adult Education Funding Model, noted […]

Newsom Administration releases budget trailer bill, non-partisan Legislative Analyst urges caution on increased spending

The Department of Finance has released trailer bill language for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January budget, including the education omnibus trailer bill, providing more detail on the Governor’s proposed 2023–24 TK-12 education budget. The trailer bill homes in on major provisions of the Governor’s proposal as […]

Supporting unduplicated students with increased transportation funding

By Jeremy Anderson and Angela Asch Access to reliable home-to-school transportation for students improves attendance and cuts rates of chronic absenteeism, particularly for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Recent research from the University of Pennsylvania highlights evidence-based strategies to combat chronic absenteeism and found that […]

New funding guidance to diversify the educator workforce

A Funding Guide to More Diverse Schools in California 2022–23, released by the Center for the Transformation of Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, highlights allocations and grants available to individual teachers as well as local educational agencies. The guide provides application requirements, […]

AEC’s Second General Session features expert panels on state education funding and politics

CSBA’s 2022 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego Dec. 1-3 attracted approximately 3,500 attendees, breaking recent attendance records, and included three insightful General Sessions featuring nationally acclaimed educator and award-winning author of Miseducated, Brandon P. Fleming; New York Times bestselling author of […]