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new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.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 So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”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.
Fees, Measure Q school bond funds and a donation from the McKinley Village developer are paying for a $5 million expansion of the Theodore Judah campus in East Sacramento.
(AP) — How do you teach the history of the world in California schools, where nearly two-thirds of students are Latino or Asian, many from newly immigrated families?
Sacramento State has bought a building in downtown Sacramento to use for the planned School of Public Affairs. And, it has 75 parking spaces.
A new report finds that as many as one million students in California have attended schools with water systems that didn’t meet safe drinking water standards.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is scheduled to visit John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento today to see one of Kennedy's after school programs - a robotics lab. Torlakson is urging state lawmakers to approve more funding for similar programs.