Category Archives: Funding & Finance

Funding & Finance

Gov. Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal provides additional money for special education, teacher preparation, early childhood

14 Jan
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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s second budget proposal — a $222.2 billion spending package released on Jan. 10 that also solidifies $21 billion in total statewide reserves — makes bold investments in addressing key statewide issues such as climate change, health care costs and the homelessness crisis. While not fundamentally addressing California’s education funding crisis, the budget adds $3.4 billion in new revenue to public schools and substantially focuses on special education, teacher preparation and early education. Overall, the proposed Proposition 98...

Federal budget proposal sees modest increases in Title I, IDEA and other key funding areas

17 Dec
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Facing a Friday, Dec. 20 deadline to pass a budget for the 2020 fiscal year, Congress this week is considering a $1.4 trillion spending package that would provide a total of $72.8 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education — a figure that represents a $1.3 billion bump above 2019 funding levels. Specific appropriations in the bill would include a total of $16.3 billion for Title I (an increase of $450 million) and $12.8 billion in total...

CSBA school facilities forum highlights key issues, board member roles

11 Dec
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From master plans to bond financing to community campaigns, CSBA’s forum on school facilities on Dec. 4 in San Diego dove into the complex picture of school board members’ roles in facilities. A trio of panels included experts from bond campaign, finance and legal firms; construction management and architecture companies; and district officials who shared success stories. The importance of getting a facilities program rolling While largely exploring the technical aspects of facilities, panelists told the audience of more than...

President’s Message: The push for Full and Fair Funding continues

27 Nov
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By CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner As I reflect on my year as CSBA President, I want to express what an honor it has been to represent California’s largest body of democratically elected public officials and the more than 6.2 million children that we fight for every day. This has been an eventful year in our state and our association’s history. The year began with a new governor who incorporated the voices of district and county board members into some...

School spending survey highlights need for increased funding across U.S.

25 Nov
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Results of a new nationwide survey of district officials show an overwhelming call for additional education funding, as well as a far-reaching perception that neither the general public nor elected officials understand the need for more school spending. Of more than 700 school and district leaders surveyed by the Education Week Research Center in August, close to 75 percent said the public does not have a good understanding of how money is distributed in their local school or district. Some...

CEO’s note: The 2019–20 State Budget Act: A reflection of our values? Maybe …

30 Oct
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By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy While speaking about the release of his first state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “I know it’s rote and cliché to say it’s a reflection of our values, but it is a reflection of our values.” This year’s budget is the largest spending package in the state’s history, one that pumped more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee into schools and school supports. The “Affordability Budget” makes its mark...

Federal funding to improve school-based mental health access for students

24 Oct
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Roughly $71 million in new federal funding will be available to enhance school safety and improve student access to mental health resources, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month. The money — allocated through four grants to schools, districts and county offices of education throughout the country — is primarily to support helping children deal with trauma. More than $11.3 million will go to 15 school districts through the Project Prevent grant program, which aims to increase...

Education conference highlights need for funding, better data

22 Oct
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The “Birth to Twelfth Grade Water Cooler Conference: Building a Shared California for All Students” brought together experts from across the educational spectrum to support greater alignment across systems. Early childhood education and K-12 stakeholders from throughout California gathered in Sacramento on Oct. 14–15 to discuss and begin work on a collective agenda that breaks down barriers across systems and recognizes the critical role both early childhood education and K-12 play in the development of the whole child. Panels throughout...

Charter school legislation, funding lead key topics at CCBE annual conference

20 Sep
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California County Boards of Education continued to support its members with timely information and trainings in the past year, while also enhancing the voices of county offices in Sacramento and strengthening relationships with CSBA. CCBE President Dana Dean, a trustee for the Solano County Office of Education, lifted up these accomplishments during her report to the membership at the CCBE’s 2019 Annual Conference from Sept. 13–15 in Monterey. The increased advocacy efforts were on full display with this session’s charter...

As another recession looms, states can strengthen education funding to soften the blow to schools

30 Aug
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Financial experts have said time and time again that it is not a matter of if the United States will experience another recession, but when. And although it is extremely difficult to forecast when the economy will shift, or how policymakers at the local, state and federal level will respond, there appears to be a concern shared by many in education circles: a recession could easily upend policies throughout the country that prioritize equitable spending in schools. In the last...