Category Archives: Funding & Finance

Funding & Finance

President’s Message: Help make sure that every student is counted

27 Mar
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By CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez As school board members and education leaders, we all agree that every student counts. That mantra will be put to the test this month as invitations to complete the 2020 U.S. Census begin arriving in mailboxes. While U.S. Census Bureau and California officials will ramp up their outreach efforts in the coming weeks, we also play a key role in making sure school-aged children are not forgotten. Traditionally, some of our youngest citizens have not...

Coronavirus update: Stimulus set to deliver $13.5B in emergency funding for K-12 schools; a look at CalPERS and CalSTRS impacts

26 Mar
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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to aid the country amidst the massive economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of note, the stimulus will deliver $16.5 billion in emergency funding for K-12 education, with $13.5 billion via formula grants for elementary and secondary education. A share of $3 billion will also be available for governors in each state to allocate to local educational agencies hardest hit by the pandemic. Importantly, in addition to...

Governor issues executive order ensuring state funding for coronavirus-related school closures

16 Mar
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Early on the evening on March 13, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order addressing some of the unresolved questions prompted by coronavirus-related school closures. The order ensures that districts will receive state funding as normal and will not lose Average Daily Attendance (ADA) revenue when closing schools to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order requires that school districts and county offices of education use this funding to support distance learning and high-quality educational opportunities, offer school meals...

State, local bond measures see newfound struggles in primary election

11 Mar
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The March 3 primary election results have thus far delivered disappointing results as California districts work to provide students with healthy, safe and modern schools and classrooms. The campaign for Proposition 13 — the largest school facilities bond measure in state history at $15 billion — conceded defeat on March 11 with only 46 percent support. Following suit, a majority of local school district bond measures and parcel taxes are also falling short at the ballot box. CSBA endorsed Proposition...

California Lottery owes millions to public schools, audit finds

9 Mar
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pencils and coins
The California State Lottery owes public schools $36 million dollars, according to a recent state audit. In 1984, the state lottery was created by the Lottery Act, which was approved by voters to supplement funding for public education in California through the sale of lottery tickets. In 2010, the Legislature amended the Lottery Act to set its prize payout amounts so that the maximum amount goes to public schools instead of the strict percentage (at least 34 percent) that was...

Declining enrollment in California schools a new reality, report finds

4 Mar
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mother and child at door
Demographic projections from the California Department of Finance show the state’s K-12 school districts entering a long period of declining enrollment and predict a decrease of almost 7 percent in the next decade (compared to a 1.5-percent decrease over the past decade). Furthermore, this decline is expected to be permanent. A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California examines the factors contributing to this decline, what some districts are already doing to address its effect on their budgets...

Training at CSBA on new LCAP template outlines key changes

27 Feb
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As part of the rollout of the new Local Control and Accountability Plan template, CSBA hosted a free training for school board members and other education leaders at its offices in West Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 25. More than 80 people turned out to learn about the latest iteration of the three-year planning document that is at the heart of improving student outcomes at the local educational agency level. Adopted by the State Board of Education in January, the template...

Career technical education a growing priority for states, study shows

26 Feb
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State policymakers across the country continue to make career technical education a priority, according to new research from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education and the Education Commission of the States. The research found that roughly 60 more policies related to CTE were passed in 2019 than in 2018. In 2019, at least 45 states enacted or passed at least 208 policy actions related to CTE or career readiness through legislation, executive orders, board of education actions...

Settlement reached in literacy lawsuit against California

25 Feb
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students with pencils
A settlement was approved last week in Ella T. v. California, ending a lawsuit against the State of California brought on behalf of 10 students attending three elementary schools in the state. Under the terms of the settlement, subject to approval by the Legislature, the state will provide a block grant of $50 million over three years to support literacy in the 75 California elementary schools with the lowest average reading scores (those, traditional public and charter schools, with the...

Polling finds strong support for more funding, school facilities bond

13 Feb
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A majority of California voters continue to say the state should spend more money on schools, new polling shows, reflecting the severity of chronic underfunding that has left California well below the national average in per-student spending. Additionally, a robust 64 percent of voters support the $15 billion school facilities bond measure on the March 3 ballot. The results from 2,000 registered California voters detailed in “Californians and Public Education: Views from the 2020 PACE/USC Rossier Poll” finds that only...