SACRAMENTO — On June 15, the State Legislature approved a $122.5 billion state budget. Here’s a glance produced by the Imperial County Office of Education at the education-related spending plan now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
$71.9 billion: That’s $2.8 billion more than 2015-16.
$10,657: Per-student funding, up 4.3 percent from $10,217 in 2015-16. $63.5 billion: Portion of Prop. 98 to K-12.
$8.3 billion: Portion of Prop. 98 to community colleges.
LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA · $2.94 billion: Increase in funding for the Local Control Funding Formula, the primary source of general funding for school districts, bringing total LCFF funding to $55.8 billion. · 96 percent: With 2016-17 increase, progress toward reaching full LCFF implementation. That’s the point at which school districts will be restored to pre-recession levels, plus cost-of-living adjustments.
ONE-TIME K-12 REVENUE · $1.28 billion: Discretionary district funding, which also counts toward paying down previously mandated costs the state had not reimbursed. · $200 million: K-12 college readiness grants to low-income students to add Advanced Placement courses and the 15 courses, known as A to G, which the California State University and the University of California require for admission. · $18 million: Grants for dropout and truancy prevention programs.
This will be a target for Imperial County Office of Education as we launch a charter school this Fall that is designed to reach high school dropouts.
TEACHER SHORTAGE REMEDIES
This is a critically important issue in Imperial County where many local school districts struggle to find enough teachers in recent years, especially in hard to fill positions like special education, foreign languages and science.
- $20 million: Grants for teacher’s aides and other school employees to pursue a teaching credential.
- $10 million: Grants for colleges and universities to provide a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in four years.
- $5 million: Re-funding the California Center on Teaching Careers or Cal Teach, last funded in 2002.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION · 8,877: Additional full-day state preschool slots by 2019-20, starting with 2,959 in March 2017, at an additional cost in four years of $100 million. · 88.4 percent: The projected percentage of California’s eligible 209,668 4-year-olds who will be able to enroll in preschool, once additional slots are phased in; for the combination of 420,000 eligible 3- and 4-year- olds, 61.7 percent will be served.
CALIFORNIA COLLABORATIVE FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE (CCEE) · $24 million: One-time funding for the Legislature-created entity to provide “advice and assistance” to county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools in achieving their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. $20 million designated for training and $4 million targeted for a pilot project to provide direct intervention to local educational agencies requesting help to meet their accountability goals. The director of this collaborative, Dr. Carl A. Cohn, recently met with local educational and community leaders in Imperial County and outlined some important details about this new state agency, CCEE.