Report co-author Kenneth Kapphahn says California’s new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.
But, he says: “Transportation’s been one of the exceptions to that. So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”
In fact, the LAO report says California’s school transportation funding rate has been unchanged since the early 1980s.
Among other recommendations, the LAO suggests the state create a new, targeted program that helps districts with unusually high school transportation costs.
The state locked in school transportation funding at 2012-13 rates when it adopted the local funding formula last year. But the legislature directed the LAO to review the entire school transportation funding system.
Boosting the cybersecurity workforce. That's the goal of a summer camp for teenagers being held this week at American River College in Sacramento.
Drug and alcohol use dropped among students in California and school safety increased, according to the results of a statewide survey. But the report shows two indicators of depression risk are "at disturbingly high levels."
California education officials have adopted new public school curriculum guidelines that give LGBT Americans a more prominent role in history and social science classes.
(AP) — Only 10 percent of Nevada's high school juniors are considered college-ready in four core subjects based on their ACT test scores.
A grand jury report finds that the head of a school board in the Sierra Nevada repeatedly intimidated staff.