State Revenues Come Up Short of Expectations in December

January 12, 2019

On January 10 -- the day Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first budget -- State Controller Betty T. Yee reported California’s revenues in December fell short of assumptions in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by $4.82 billion. For the fiscal year, revenues of $55.63 billion are 4.4 percent ($2.54 billion) less than projected in the budget, which was enacted at the end of June.

“With our economy continuing to hover on the brink of a downturn, I applaud Governor Newsom’s budget planning with an eye towards building a strong foundation of long-term cost savings and fiscal discipline...

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Reaction to Governor’s Budget Proposal Largely Positive

January 12, 2019

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond praised Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019–20.

“Governor Newsom hit a home run in his first budget in education and across the board. The budget is thoughtful and balanced and makes good use of public funds, but it is appropriately aggressive in its focus on helping Californians who need it most,” he said...

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Gov. Newsom Proposes 2019-20 “California For All” State Budget

(Editor’s Note: the Governor’s Press Office issued the following press release regarding Gov. Newsom’s first budget proposal) - January 12, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 "California for All" budget proposal to the Legislature on January 10 - a fiscal blueprint that builds a strong financial foundation by investing an unprecedented $13.6 billion in budget resiliency and paying down unfunded pension liabilities.

“During my inaugural speech, I described the California Dream as a house we are building together,” said Governor Newsom. “That wasn't just a speech device - it’s exactly what we are proposing today. To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound...

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LAO Analyzes Recent Changes to State Support for Fiscally Distressed School Districts

(Editor’s Note: The following article was posted by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office on December 20, 2018) - January 12, 2019

Summary

In 1991, State Created Formal Process for Supporting School Districts in Fiscal Distress. This system provides escalating tiers of support and intervention to districts based on their fiscal health. All districts are subject to ongoing fiscal oversight from their county office of education (COE). Districts exhibiting signs of fiscal distress receive special COE assistance. Districts facing exceptional fiscal distress and unable to pay their bills can request an emergency state loan in exchange for temporarily ceding control to an outside administrator. Prior to 2018, these administrators were appointed and overseen by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction...

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Controller Betty Yee Reports State Revenues Top Estimates in November

December 15, 2018

State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on December 10 that the State of California received $9.69 billion in revenue in November, exceeding projections in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by 15.1 percent, or $1.27 billion.

Personal income tax (PIT), sales tax, and corporation tax -- the state’s “big three” revenue sources -- all were higher than expected in the enacted budget...

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Torlakson Assures Schools Closed Due to Hazardous Air Quality that State Funding Will Continue

November 30, 2018

On November 16, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reminded educators who close schools because of dangerous air quality that they can apply for a waiver to ensure they do not lose funding because of a drop in attendance. He also pledged that they would be assisted by administrators from the California Department of Education.

State law allows schools to continue to receive state funds from the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) if they have to close because of a natural disaster such as floods, fires, earthquakes or other extraordinary conditions, such as hazardous air quality...

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School Parcel Tax Measures, Facilities Bonds Generally Fare Well in November Election

November 15, 2018

California voters didn’t always say “yes” to school parcel tax measures and school facilities bonds in the November 6th election. But a majority of these measures were approved by local voters in school districts around the state.

Local voters approved 87 school facilities bond measures proposed by districts around the state, while another 18 school facilities bond measures came up short of the required 55 percent majority for approval...

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Controller: State Revenue Missed Projections for October

November 15, 2018

California State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on November 9 that the state received $6.57 billion in revenue in October, falling short of assumptions in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by 5.9 percent, or $412.2 million.

This month, sales tax was the only major revenue source to come in higher than projected in the enacted budget. Personal income tax (PIT) and corporation tax -- the two other revenue sources in the “big three” -- were lower than assumed in the enacted budget...

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CDE Announces Funding Relief for Schools Closed by Wildfires

November 15, 2018

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on November 9 that assistance is available for any schools forced to close as a result of raging wildfires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. Hundreds of schools statewide have been impacted by the recent wildfires.

“These fires have been tragic and devastating. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, and communities devastated. I extend my deepest sympathies for the families, firefighters, first responders, communities, students, teachers, and school districts that have been affected.” Torlakson said. “Safety is the absolute top priority for students and their families, and I thank school officials for acting quickly to close any school sites due to evacuations or hazardous air quality...

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LAO Forecasts Modest Growth for Prop. 98 School Funding in Upcoming Budget Year

November 15, 2018

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) issued a forecast on November 14 for school funding under Proposition 98 in the upcoming 2019-2020 state budget, which will be the first state budget under recently-elected Gov. Gavin Newsom.

According to the LAO’s Office:

Modest Growth Projected for School and Community College Funding in the Upcoming Budget Year. Each year, the state calculates a “minimum guarantee” for school and community college funding based upon a set of formulas established by Proposition 98 (1988). Under our near‑term outlook, the 2019‑20 minimum guarantee is up $2.4 billion (3.1 percent) over our revised estimate of 2018‑19 funding. After accounting for this increase and backing out various one‑time initiatives funded in the prior year, among other adjustments, we estimate the Legislature would have an additional $2.8 billion for Proposition 98 programs in 2019‑20...

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Controller: State Revenue Outpacing Expectations for Fiscal Year

October 20, 2018

On October 11, California State Controller Betty T. Yee reported the state received $12.10 billion in revenue in September, exceeding projections in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by 5.1 percent, or $582.4 million.

This month, all of the “big three” revenue sources - personal income tax (PIT), corporation tax, and sales tax - came in higher than assumed in the enacted budget...

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When Going to Voters for Funding, School Districts Can Educate... But Not Advocate

October 20, 2018

Generally, the governing board of a school district is empowered to provide voters relevant facts and to aid them in reaching an informed decision when voting on a political issue. A school district may not expend funds or resources to promote for one side or the other on a political position.

However, the line between education and advocacy is often murky, and often the questions that arise are highly fact specific. This guide will help district employees to properly navigate political campaign issues safely and effectively...

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Study Examines Costs of Dual Language Immersion Programs

October 3, 2018
By Ingrid T. Colón

Dual language immersion (DLI) programs-where students are given academic instruction in two languages-are becoming increasingly popular due to the economic, cognitive, and academic benefits bilingualism may confer on students.

Because DLI programs offer specialized instruction, it’s often assumed that they cost more to implement than monolingual programs. For example, they need qualified bilingual teachers who understand the different program models as well as teacher professional development. They also need curricula and instructional tools in languages other than English. Moreover, logistical costs in DLI programs need to be considered, including the process of enrollment in DLI programs, which requires the management of slots and transportation for students in these programs. While many studies have examined the academic impact of DLI programs, there is scant research on the costs of these programs...

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Controller Reports State Revenues Surpass Projections for August

September 20, 2018

For the month of August, California took in more revenue than estimated in the budget enacted at the end of June, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on September 10.

Total revenues of $9.98 billion for August were higher than anticipated in the budget by $1.14 billion, or 12.9 percent. For the first two months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, revenues are $846.0 million, or 5.4 percent, higher than projected in the enacted budget...

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CSBA Lawsuit Alleges State Manipulation of School Funding Guarantee

August 22, 2018

On Friday, August 10, the California School Boards Association filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento County Superior Court challenging provisions of the 2018-19 state budget that allow the state to manipulate the constitutional formula which determines the amount of funding California’s public schools receive. If the unconstitutional provisions are allowed to stand, they could eventually reduce public school revenue by three-quarters of a billion dollars annually.

The lawsuit specifically challenges one provision of Assembly Bill 1825, a 2018-19 budget trailer bill that changes how the Proposition 98 minimum education funding guarantee is calculated. AB 1825 would allow the state to provide K-14 schools with less money than they should legally and rightfully receive...

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