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More stimulus funds flow to school districts

Oakland Unified will soon receive $9.9 million in so-called state fiscal stabilization funds – federal stimulus money to restore some of the state dollars that California schools lost earlier this year. Charter school amounts are listed individually, along with each school district, in this chart

In all, California released $2.56 billion today to public schools and colleges, and expects another $1.1 billion to go out in the fall. Of course, with the state’s budget in such a mess and the dwindling public support for Prop. 1A (which would bring in $16 billion in temporary tax revenue and cap spending), the state might end up cutting as much — or more — from its education budget.

This federal stabilization money is in addition to funds for Title I schools and special education programs. For OUSD, that amounts to roughly $28 million.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Teri

    How many public non-charter schools are there in Oakland? How will the money be distributed among the schools? Will it be based on need? On population? On some other criteria?

    As a parent, I want to make sure that as much money is going directly to the sites and not to the district office. What oversight is provided to make sure that happens?

    Katy, do you know the answers to any of these questions?

  • Katy Murphy

    Those are good questions, Teri, and I confess I don’t have the answers to most of them.

    There are just over 100 non-charter schools in Oakland Unified.