Yesterday’s signing of the 2022–23 state budget package marks another historic year of funding levels for education programs in California. Not only does this budget increase the base funding of the Local Control Funding Formula by approximately $9 billion, a 13 percent increase, it also directs key investments to areas specifically identified by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education (CDE), addressing declining enrollment and funding for mental health services, community schools, literacy programs, universal school meals, and programs focused on improving all student outcomes in the wake of the pandemic.
Thurmond issued the following statement in response to the signed budget for the fiscal year 2022–23:
“I am grateful to the Legislature and the Governor for a budget that prioritizes recruiting mental health care providers to serve in our schools, addressing learning gaps, and investing in people and programs to serve all students, especially those most vulnerable. As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, California public schools will see a much-needed infusion of investments at a time when students and schools, especially those that have been traditionally underserved, require more support than ever before.
Source: SPI Champions Budget Package as a Key Win for CA – Year 2022 (CA Dept of Education)
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-School District will receive more than $1.3 million in funding from the “A-G” Completion Improvement Grant program, according to a staff report. The total includes about $12,500 that’s been added in recent days.
Trustees on Thursday will review and potentially approve the plan for the “A-G” grant program.
The money derives from Assembly Bill 130, which became law in July. One portion of the bill contains the “A-G” grant program, which is designed to help increase the number of high school students, particularly those students of families that meet income or categorical eligibility requirements for free or reduced-priced meals under the National School Lunch Program, English learners and foster youth to graduate from high school with “A-G” eligibility.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools to get more state money than expected
By Susan Hiland
Fairfield-Suisun School District this week got a look into the future of its finances.
The quick view: A shortfall in revenue will mean changes in spending.
Amanda Rish, director of Fiscal Services, on Thursday presented the second interim report and certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations for the coming year.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board reviews financial outlook that includes spending cuts
By Susan Hiland
An early view of the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s financial picture shows a shortfall in the general fund of tens of millions of dollars and the need to reduce costs in coming years.
The School Board will vote Thursday on the second interim report and certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations for the coming year.
The financial review has several parts: district certification of the interim report; a general fund statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balance that are either unrestricted resources or restricted resources; a combined summary that includes average daily attendance, criteria and standards, a cash flow statement, a multiple-year projection and assumptions along with the combined resources summary for unrestricted resources or restricted resources.
Source: Fairfield school board looks at projected shortfall of $35.7M
By Susan Hiland
Travis School Board members will consider approval Tuesday of a tentative agreement between the Travis School District and the California School Employees Association for 2021-22 and 2022-23 that will cost the district more than $400,000 a year.
The agreement includes updated salary schedules.
The tentative agreement addresses multiple sections of the collective bargaining agreement, including evaluations, state disability insurance, vacation, salary and benefits for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, professional growth, calendars and the addition of Juneteenth as a holiday.
Source: Travis School Board to vote on employee deal with $400,000-plus annual price tag
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun School District looks to receive nearly $5 million more in baseline state funding next year than it expects this school year based on the governor’s proposed state budget – but also faces more than $5.5 million in extra pension costs, according to a preliminary budget review.
Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, presented the school board Thursday with an update on the governor’s budget proposal and how it – at least preliminarily – meshes with local plans that include staff raises totaling more than $4.5 million for the coming school year and roughly $1 million in each of the next two years.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools eye initial state budget plan
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun school board will take a look Thursday at the impact on the school district of the governor’s proposed budget – with a first pass that shows an additional $4.9 million in available state funding.
Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, will make a presentation about the changes proposed for the 2022-23 school year.
Current school district funding based on average daily attendance is $10,193 per student or $207.4 million, according to a staff report. The estimated funding per ADA for the 2022-23 school year is $10,763 – or $212.3 million.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board to look at governor’s proposed budget impact
By Susan Hiland
The school board heard an overview this week of the governor’s proposed budget as it looks at the possibility of a cut to state funding due to a drop in attendance.
Kelly Burks, assistant superintendent of Business and Administrative Services, covered highlights of the state budget plan and how it affects the Vacaville School District.
The Department of Finance two years ago projected the 2022-23 state budget at $130 billion. The newest proposal is a budget of $200 billion. But the windfall in state revenue will not necessarily translate into a windfall at the local level.
Source: Vacaville school board hears overview of governor’s proposed budget
By Susan Hiland
The school board will hear an overview Thursday of the governor’s proposed budget as it weighs the possibility of a cut to state funding due to a drop in attendance.
Assistant Superintendent of Business and Administrative Services Kelly Burks will talk about some of the highlights of the state budget plan and how it may affect the Vacaville School District.
The Department of Finance 18 months ago projected the 2022-23 budget at $130 billion. The newest proposal is a budget at $200 billion. But the windfall in state revenue will not necessarily translate into a windfall at the local level.
Source: Vacaville school board to hear details of governor’s proposed budget
By Matt Miller
The Solano County Board of Education met virtually Wednesday for the first time in 2022 and among its items was the release of its recent 2020-21 audit and the announcement that work on the new school budget will begin soon.
The 2020-21 audit report was prepared by Eide Bailly, the accounting and consulting firm contracted by the Solano County Office of Education to audit the end-of-year financial statements.
The report showed that no mistakes had been made and no adjustments were necessary in meeting state and local requirements. The audit is available for public view in the agenda packet from the Jan. 12 meeting on the Solano County Board of Education website, solanocoe.net.
Source: Board of Education gets OK on recent audit, starts preparing for new budget
The California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan, research and analysis nonprofit committed to advancing public policies that improve the lives of Californians, released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene following the release of Governor Newsom’s proposed 2022-23 state budget:
“Urgent funding and support for the ongoing public health and economic needs of Californians as proposed by Governor Newsom are critical as each day shows us that COVID-19 and its consequences are far from over for children, families, workers, and adults of all ages. It’s fiscally prudent and essential for the governor and Legislature to use the state’s strong fiscal conditions to ensure every Californian — not just corporations and the wealthy — can be healthy and thrive.
Source: Statement on Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2022-23 Budget – California Budget & Policy Center
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed education budget for the fiscal year 2022–23:
“This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for our students, families, and educators. We must now meet those challenges and continue to transform California schools. The Governor’s proposed budget will almost triple the amount of per-pupil investment from a decade ago and will allow the state to address historic inequities, learning loss, and the social-emotional needs of our students. I want to thank the Governor for the attention and focus on our students and schools in a time when we need all the resources possible to help students heal, recover, and thrive.
“As with last year, California continues to need increased investments in mental health to address the severe trauma our students have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which we know will have a lasting impact on their ability to learn and succeed through the rest of their lives. The Governor’s budget proposal aligns with and reflects many of the CDE’s priorities and my priorities.
Source: SPI Responds to Governor’s Proposed 2022 Budget – Year 2022 (CA Dept of Education)
By Susan Hiland
The school board will take a look Thursday at future school site projects that come with an estimated cost of nearly $600 million.
The chief facilities, maintenance and operations 0fficer, Daniel Banowetz, will present the final draft of the district’s five-year Master Facilities Plan – a program of work that inlcudes an educated wish list of sorts for future projects.
Vacaville-area voters passed Measure A in 2014, a $194 million general obligation bond, to pay for technology upgrades, facility renovations and new construction within the Vacaville School District.
Source: Vacaville trustees to hear updates on future growth, school facilities costs that approach $600M
By Ali Tadayon, EdSource
Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment and average daily attendance and fear the reductions could result in significant funding cuts next school year.
Without state intervention, many districts face substantial cuts in state funding and could be forced to make significant budget cuts in the 2022-23 school year due to a fall in enrollment and attendance to which funding is tied. Districts’ baseline funding depends on the number of students enrolled, minus the daily average number of absent students.
Source: California districts anticipate major hits to their 2022-23 budgets as enrollments drop – Times-Herald
By Matt Miller
The Solano County Office of Education’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan.
The nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief comes from funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds address students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs as well as alleviating gaps that existed before and may be worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: Solano Board of Education approves $1.07M in pandemic relief spending
The Solano County Office of Education will conduct its regular meeting of the Board of Education at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider how best to spend nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief funds.
The meeting will be take place virtually.
Members of the public may attend via the Zoom webinar format, or by telephone. The links are available on the Solano County Office of Education website, www.solanocoe.net/agendasminutes.
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan for pandemic funds from the American Rescue Plan Act is among the unfinished business to be discussed, and how the money will be utilized.
Source: Solano Board of Education to consider plan to spend $1.07M in pandemic relief
By Katy St. Clair
School board members balked Thursday at a plan to spend up to $500,000 with a national firm to provide teachers and related professionals during the current school year to blunt a shortage of staff.
The matter was the only item on the agenda for a special meeting that began after the regular board meeting Thursday had ended.
Source: Vaca board balks at $500,000 plan to address staffing shortage at school sites
By Carolyn Jones, EdSource
The threatened deluge of post-pandemic special education litigation may be averted — or at least minimized— by a new initiative in California encouraging parents and schools to resolve disputes before heading to court.
The state budget, signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, sets aside $100 million for resolving special education conflicts between parents and school districts, which escalated during remote learning.
The money will go toward outreach, such as brochures, meetings and presentations, to help parents and school staff understand the rights outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law that requires districts to educate students of all abilities. The goal is to improve communication and build trust between parents and schools, so conflicts can be resolved quickly and more easily.
Source: How California plans to deter costly special education disputes – Times-Herald
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of the 2021–22 state budget bills and trailer bills, which include key investments in areas the State Superintendent championed before the pandemic disrupted public education. These investments provide the resources schools desperately need to recover and to build back better.
“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our economy, and we are grateful that this budget recognizes that investments in public education will be a critical driver to our state’s rebound,” said Thurmond. “Coming off the most difficult year for education in our lifetime, historic funding levels to the state and education will enable us to recover, accelerate learning, and build back better—with specific attention to student mental health and closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affected students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, and students in low-income households.
“I echo our Governor, who announced that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in California’s future and expand opportunities for every child across the state, with $123.9 billion to reduce barriers and increase opportunities from transitional kindergarten through community college. In this year’s budget, our Proposition 98 funding for TK to 12—money going to our schools and classrooms—went from $69.3 billion in 2020–21 to $80.4 billion this year, almost a 30 percent increase over last year.
Source: SPI Applauds 2021-22 Education Budget – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
By Susan Hiland
The school district budget has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the past year, Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, said Thursday during a meeting with the Fairfield- Suisun School District governing board.
Her comment came as she presented an updated budget report to the board.
The estimates are more favorable now than earlier projections, she said.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees hear overview of newly adjusted school budget