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new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.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 So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”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.
The two finalists for California’s state schools chief faced off in a debate Tuesday night in a race that pits teachers unions against charter school advocates.
Sacramento City Unified School District has been warned for months to balance its budget and is now being ordered. Which programs or positions will be cut has not been determined.
Sacramento, School District Hold Special Meeting To Discuss Increasing Number Of Kids Who Go To CollegeMonday, August 27, 2018
The city says its youth unemployment rate is among the worst in the country and will only get worse if this generation of kids doesn't pursue education after high school.
This week the Legislature — which had been considering a bill to make California the first state to require ethnic studies for high school graduation — backed away from creating such a statewide mandate, settling on a pilot program instead.
There's a raging debate over how California reports schools’ test scores to parents and the public. Advocates for struggling students say a "growth model" — measuring how students perform over time — is key to closing the achievement gap.