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new mechanism for giving local districts more control over their finances has worked to root out a number of outdated processes in the education system.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 So there’s a real opportunity here for the legislature to address something that’s been kind of out-of-date for a number of years.”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.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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