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State Board of Education Takes Action on New School Funding Formula

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 5:16 pm in Education.

Here’s a news release I just received from the state Board of Education regarding passage of Local Control Funding Formula regulations today:

“SACRAMENTO – The California State Board of Education today approved regulations to help implement Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s landmark education initiative, the Local Control Funding Formula.

‘I thank parents, students, teachers, school district personnel, board members and advocates for their continued interest in improving California’s schools,’ said Michael W. Kirst, President of the State Board of Education. ‘I applaud Governor Brown and the Legislature for their commitment to improving K-12 education for California’s six million students. This is a historic change.’

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. also appeared at the State Board meeting during public testimony and took a few moments to address members of the State Board and audience members. ‘We have a great opportunity in our state to fashion a more effective learning environment,” said Governor Brown. “I’m bullish on California education.’

The regulations approved today will guide school districts spending – targeted at low-income, English learner, and foster youth – as education funding increases throughout the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula. School districts will also be required to produce Local Control and Accountability Plans, illustrating how increased resources are tied to meeting student needs.

The Local Control Funding Formula replaced California’s overly complex finance system for K-12 schools. Districts have already started to receive funding based upon the number of students they serve, including the numbers of English learners, students from low-income families and foster youth. In tandem, the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control and Accountability Plans increase local decision making authority while also enhancing transparency and accountability.

The board agenda item, including the regulations, can be found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/agenda201401.asp.

The State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body for public K-12 education in California. The President of the Board is Michael W. Kirst. Board members are appointed for four-year terms by the Governor of California and are confirmed by the State Senate. For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/

Do you agree with the board’s decision?

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  • Doctor J

    These are only emergency regulations which will be replaced by permanent regulations developed within the next year. Also the Board asked to be placed on the March agenda advisories to local districts on expectations from the SBE.

  • Doctor J

    Can MDUSD match the involvement of the Morgan Hill community ? “The superintendent of Morgan Hill Unified sent a contingent that included principals, teachers, a school board member, the head of the chamber of commerce, even the police chief as proof that the public engagement process is already working fine” Or will MDUSD be one of those non-complying ‘problem’ districts talked about by Member Trish Williams ? “Board member Trish Williams said that while she was confident the majority of districts will capitalize on the new law’s potential, there will be problem districts that do not. “Let’s be on the alert for those districts and have a backstop for holding them accountable,” she said” http://edsource.org/today/2014/brown-backs-funding-law-regulations-in-appearace-before-state-board/56427#.UtmCHU3TnIX

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post excerpting Gov. Jerry Brown’s comments at the state Board of Ed. meeting: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/01/17/governor-revs-up-state-board-of-education-during-funding-discussion/

    Several Bay Area districts sent large contingents, including Morgan Hill, Cupertinto and San Mateo-Foster City. There was also an SFUSD rep and several Oakland students. I didn’t see anyone from MDUSD or any other Contra Costa County districts there (although I wasn’t able to watch the entire public comment period).

  • tmharrington

    Please note that I am now at the SSC budget workshop in Sacto and am live tweeting at @tunedtotheresa.

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