Category Archives: Legislature

Governor signs 2020–21 budget package; CSBA webinar dives into details

30 Jun
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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday night signed the 2020–21 state budget that leans heavily on deferrals in lieu of cuts to K–12 education funding and counts on significant additional federal funding to bolster schools financially in their monumental task to safely reopen schools. In a CSBA webinar on June 29, which drew nearly 500 attendees, experts offered insights into budget implications for schools and other policy changes during COVID-19 (view the slideshow presentation). Breaking down the finances and deferrals While...

Legislature agrees on budget that rejects K–12 education cuts, counts on federal aid

4 Jun
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The Legislature on Wednesday unveiled a 2020–21 budget proposal that prioritizes education and rejects the $8.1 billion in cuts to Proposition 98 funding called for in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revision proposal, including the 10 percent reduction to the Local Control Funding Formula. The Senate and the Assembly announced the agreement on the plan just six days after the Senate released its proposal. “Under the Legislature’s Version, the most draconian cuts — to schools and health and human services —...

May Revision cuts LCFF, drops COLA, introduces proposals in effort to mitigate impact

15 May
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Reflecting California’s pandemic-induced $54 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his May Revision on May 14 featuring a blend of proposals aimed at mitigating the dire financial straits of the state’s K–12 schools. “Coupled with a 10 percent cut to LCFF — the primary source of funding for K-12 education — the May Revision impairs the ability of schools to serve all students and to resume on-campus instruction safely,” said CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez. “This budget would be insufficient...

Budget subcommittee takes on big questions around school finance, learning loss, the future

29 Apr
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While legislators, state officials and education advocates may have left with more questions than they arrived with, an Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing on April 28 punctuated the COVID-19 pandemic’s massive impact on K–12 schools. The parties learned that many of the answers largely hinge upon the May Revision and the whole budget process moving forward. The lengthy Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance hearing explored COVID-19 implications for school finances, accountability and safety; how California can mitigate learning...

Assembly budget memo outlines rocky 2020-21 outlook, declares August revision likely

8 Apr
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Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), in a memo released this week, provides an overview of that the 2020-21 budget situation and process might look like. Asm. Ting echoed the March advisory issued by the Department of Finance that the May budget revision will be a “workload budget,” while offering that the Legislature will we will no longer be able to consider new priorities and ideas from stakeholders, advocates and legislators, “with the exception of COVID-19 related costs, wildfire...

UPDATE: Legislature’s recess extended to May 4; what that means for remainder of session, state budget process

3 Apr
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On March 16, just after passing a package of $1 billion in funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic (which included $100 million for schools, equal to approximately $17.37 per average daily attendance that will be sent to local educational agencies in early April), the Legislature recessed the 2020 legislative year until April 13. The unprecedented work stoppage has now been extended. UPDATE: On Friday, April 3, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon...

Update on $100M in COVID-19 funds for schools from Senate Bill 117

2 Apr
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On March 30, the California Department of Education issued a letter on the release of $100 million in funds for local educational agencies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is pursuant to Senate Bill 117, which the Legislature passed on March 16 before adjourning until April 13 — although the recess may extend longer. The letter states that funds will be sent to each county treasurer’s office within “approximately one week from the date of this letter (March 30),”...

New Laws for California Schools (UPDATED 2/14/20): AB 1353, classified employee probationary period

8 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 1353 (Wicks, D-Oakland) will shorten the maximum probationary period for classified school district employees from the current maximum period (not exceeding one year) to a period not exceeding six months, or 130...

Megan Dahle, former school board member, claims Assembly District 1 race

6 Nov
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Republican Megan Dahle claimed a relatively easy victory in yesterday’s election to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat in the Legislature, garnering 57.9 percent of the vote to top Democrat challenger Elizabeth Betancourt, who conceded the race late in the evening on Nov. 5. Dahle is a former school board member, serving a term as board president of Big Valley Joint USD, a small school district in Lassen County. She is the wife of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 413, use of ‘at-promise’ vs. ‘at-risk’

1 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. The term “at-risk” has long been used to describe students coming from precarious situations or circumstances that increase their chances of academic failure. The term is often used to refer to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which can include...