In passing the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, the Legislature shifted decision-making back to local districts and steered more money to districts with higher proportions of low-income children and English learners. Proposition 98, adopted in 1988, sets the overall yearly level of K-12 and community college spending through a complex formula tied to the growth in the state economy.
The Legislature set minimum hours but left it to districts and unions to define instruction, engagement and set the length of a school day.
The state plans to spend an additional $650 million on special education under new law.
Official awards from CARES Act funding to California school districts now public. Funds can be used for protective equipment and supplies, student meals and planning for school reopening.
School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand.
Districts anticipate huge demand for mental health services, but funding will be tight for new staff.
Demands for police reforms include increasing mental health services which are seen as key to helping young people, especially Black students, succeed studies say.
Do not be lulled into the mistaken idea that schools have been protected from cuts by the state budget solutions adopted last month.
Schools should work with nonprofits and government agencies to pay for expanded services, panelists say.
Districts are starting to finalize reopening plans for the coming school year amidst uncertainty.
Professional development for teachers is key to closing opportunity gaps.
The California Teachers Association says a 45-year-old law on classroom recordings prevents districts from requiring live online instruction.
California’s smallest school districts struggle to pay for supplies, staff and technology needed to reopen schools.
Bond measure to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot would cover one-fifth of the $3.4 billion need identified in a Facilities Master Plan.
As food needs for California's community college students have increased, their campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.
School districts prefer late payments to budget cuts but some districts will bear a larger burden, and it may be years before deferrals are paid off.