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new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.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 So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”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.
Law enforcement is looking into a possible threat of violence against the American River College campus in Sacramento.
A Roseville company is helping teachers from the Sultanate of Oman establish curriculum for science, physics and biology laboratories.
A unique exhibit of backpacks at Sacramento State Monday is intended to bring awareness to the issue of college student suicide.
California teachers say critical thinking skills, not test scores, are the best indicators of readiness for college and careers, according to a poll released today.
A Sacramento County Office of Education program for kids who have displayed violent behavior is celebrating its 17th year and considerable success.