Tomorrow’s State Board of Education (SBE) meeting will mark another step toward the state’s development of a new accountability system for K-12 schools, a key component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — the state’s K-12 school funding formula. While most of the attention at the SBE meeting is likely to focus on the development of evaluation rubrics — standards — for assessing school district and schoolsite performance, another important agenda item will address proposed revisions to the template that school districts use for their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). » Read more about: Will the State Board Answer Stakeholders’ Call for Improved Transparency in K-12 Education Spending? »
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Recent acts of police brutality against Black Americans and greater public outcry over the continued abuse and deaths of people across Black communities have amplified calls for defunding, abolishing, and reimagining local policing. This also comes with growing understanding that police violence has disproportionately fatal consequences for Black men and women, and Black transgender women in particular.The calls to action involve significantly transforming the mission and structure of local law enforcement, divesting from local law enforcement in its current forms, and reinvesting the freed-up funding into community-building capacities that would also seek to end racial profiling and police brutality against Black people and other people of color.
The underlying data for this post are available for download. Download the Supporting Effective Instruction (SEI) grants funding by congressional district or by K-12 school district. Special thanks to Budget Center Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kimberlin for her assistance in preparing these data sets.
As we blogged about recently, President Trump’s budget blueprint for federal “discretionary” spending proposes significant cuts to a range of key public systems and services. » Read more about: President Trump’s Proposal to Eliminate Federal Support for Certain K-12 Programs Would Hurt Economically Disadvantaged Students in Every Part of California »
This Fact Sheet shows that despite California’s significant increase in K-12 spending per student since 2012-13, it still trails the nation as a whole.
This Budget Center fact sheet examines the impact that Proposition 30 of 2012 has had on state spending for K-12 education and how Prop. 55 would provide significant funding for schools by extending a key component of Prop. 30.
On June 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Budget Bill and several related bills for 2016-17, the fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2016. This budget plans for $122.5 billion in General Fund spending, including increases in funding for K-14 education, the state’s mandatory reserve, and paying down budgetary debts ─ all of which are constitutionally required. The budget also makes an additional deposit into the state’s mandatory reserve, beyond the level required by the state Constitution, » Read more about: First Look: 2016-17 Budget Reflects Increases for Education and Reserves, Repeals “Family Cap” Rule, and Makes Modest Investments in Other Key Supports »
This webinar featured Senior Policy Analyst Jonathan Kaplan discussing a Budget Center analysis — “California’s Support for K-12 Education Ranks Low by Almost Any Measure” — that examines how California’s K-12 education spending compares to that in other states.
This fact sheet shows that California K-12 spending lags the nation using nearly any measure of school funding. California ranks 42nd among all states and the District Columbia in K-12 spending per student, based on a new Budget Center analysis that adjusts the most recent spending figures for differences in states’ costs of living.
With California students returning from summer break, attention turns once again to the level of support provided to the state’s K-12 schools. A common way of assessing K-12 spending in California is to compare it to that in other states. Yet, the variety of available data sources on the topic often leads to greater confusion than clarity.
A new Issue Brief from the Budget Center looks at the four major sources of national information on K-12 school spending — the National Education Association, » Read more about: New Report: Key Considerations When Comparing California K-12 School Spending to Other States »