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new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.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 So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”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.
Washington Elementary, one of seven schools in the city of Sacramento that closed two years ago because of budget cuts, will reopen next year.
Sports teams using the nickname “Redskins” are coming under increased pressure nationally to abandon the name. A bill at the state Capitol would make California the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.
School's out for summer...prompting school officials in Sacramento to ask people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on campuses.
California high schools are now formally recognizing bilingual students by awarding biliteracy medals and seals to graduating seniors in an effort to recognize students' dual language abilities.
A new website for California Community College students will allow many to earn a degree without setting foot on a college campus.