Category Archives: Funding & Finance

Funding & Finance

Advanced courses in short supply at low-income schools

8 Nov
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As schools celebrate National STEM Day, more work is needed to increase access to advanced courses — particularly in science and math — new information shows. The new CSBA brief, “Supporting STEM Access, Equity, and Effectiveness: Equitable Access to Rigorous STEAM Coursework”, finds there will be openings for more than one million jobs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the next decade. But uneven access to STEM courses for many California students presents a challenge to...

More than 300 districts eligible for $9.5M in drinking water grants

2 Nov
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Districts and schools across California looking for help with drinking water projects are encouraged to apply for funding through the State Water Resources Control Board. The agency has a program that provides $9.5 million in grants to increase access to safe drinking water by replacing fixtures containing lead, among other issues, and a local grant match is not required. A list of eligible districts is available here (Excel document), but schools serving disadvantaged communities may still be eligible even if...

2018 state assessments show minimal gains; achievement gaps remain

3 Oct
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The latest standardized tests scores for California’s students show relatively flat results from previous years with minimal progress made for students overall. While Latino students improved at a slightly higher rate than the average, African-American student improvements were smaller than the overall increase, contributing to a growing achievement gap that Education Trust–West says could take a generation or more to close. California’s Department of Education made public the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP,...

ESSA approved ending months of negotiations with SBE

18 Jul
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The State Board of Education unanimously approved final changes to Every Student Succeeds Act plan at its mid-July meeting. On July 12, the U.S. Department of Education approved California’s plan ending a monthslong process of negotiations with the U.S. DOE. The State Board developed the plan over a two-year period with input from thousands of stakeholders. ESSA, the federal accountability system for schools, brings with it roughly $2.4 billion in funding for low-performing TK-12 schools as well as funds for after-school programs,...

Riding for a Reason: Full and Fair Funding of Public Schools

9 May
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Ride 4 a Reason
CSBA’s push to secure Full and Fair Funding for public schools is a statewide campaign, but its success depends on local support from every corner of California. On April 28, CSBA President Mike Walsh addressed the kind of community-driven event that is essential to raising awareness about the state’s underinvestment in public schools and mobilizing people to advocate for change. On the steps of the Capitol, Walsh made the case for Full and Fair Funding to more than 300 parents,...

The California Earned Income Tax Credit can help families in your district

13 Mar
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By Joe Sanberg and Laura Capps As school board members, you help thousands of families every day in your community by working to ensure their children receive the best education possible. You also help kids grow up healthy and make sure they thrive by helping schools support their emotional, nutritional and social needs. Did you know that you can also help many low-income families meet their basic needs, such as transportation and housing, by helping them boost their income by...

Funding gaps persist in California school districts

7 Mar
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High-poverty school districts in California receive 2 percent less funding per student than more affluent districts when adjusted for student needs, a new report from The Education Trust determined. The discrepancy is part of a national trend of underfunding in large school districts serving large numbers of students of color and students from low-income families. “Across the country, we spend approximately 7 percent — or $1,000 — less per pupil on students educated in our nation’s highest-poverty districts than those...

More than $300,000 in Scholar Dollars grants available to California K-8 schools

26 Feb
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Scholar Dollars
ScholarShare 529, California’s official 529 college savings plan, is now accepting entries for its Scholar Dollars grant program. All of California’s public and charter schools serving grades K-8 are eligible for the program, but they must register online by the March 7 deadline. The grants are intended to help schools pay for critical and underfunded class materials, extracurricular activities and after-school programs. Last year, 20 schools were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for a wide range of school needs...

Stop Holding School Bond Funds Hostage And Start Supporting Students

11 Aug
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by CSBA President Susan Henry If we want our students to achieve, we must first create conditions that are conducive to success. California voters honored this principle in the November 2016 election when, over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown, they approved $9 billion in school construction bonds, with $7 billion earmarked for K-12 schools. More than 55 percent of voters cast their ballots for Proposition 51, an important down payment on the investment needed for safe, healthy schools that...

New video highlights LCFF Collaborative Working Group

14 Jul
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LCFF Working Group
The Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, first enacted in 2013–14, marked a major shift for school districts and county boards of education. The LCFF is intended to increase equity through local control, giving school districts and county boards of education a greater ability to ensure that all of California’s 6.2 million students receive a quality education. To make sense of the new changes, a group of school district and county office of education representatives convened by CSBA and California...