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November 15, 2017

LAO estimates $2.6 billion growth in 2018–19 Proposition 98 guarantee

In its annual Fiscal Outlook, released today, the Legislative Analyst’s Office provides estimates that the total 2017–18 Proposition 98 guarantee will come in just under $75.2 billion — $651 million higher than the enacted June budget for K-14 schools — and that the Proposition 98 guarantee for the coming 2018–19 fiscal year will grow by $2.6 billion. Considering the year-to-year growth in the guarantee and freeing up of one-time expenditures in the current year and other adjustments, an estimated $5.3 billion will be available for K-14 expenditure in 2018–19.

The LAO reports that: “The state could use this funding to reach full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (estimated to cost $2.7 billion) and provide select K-14 programs a 1.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (estimated to cost $228 million). Even after making these augmentations, the state would have another $2.4 billion available.” Overall, the LAO’s outlook is cautiously optimistic, anticipating continued revenue growth (due in large part to steady personal income tax revenues) and healthy wage growth through 2019 but also projecting slower job growth and a slightly weaker stock market. The LAO also notes the “significant budget challenge” for local educational agencies of pension cost increases, which it expects to rise by $1.3 billion in 2018–19. Proposition 98 Outlook » | Full 2018–19 Fiscal Outlook »

Dashboard changes highlighted at SBE meeting; Landmark approval of textbooks

The State Board of Education updated its criteria for rating performance on standardized test scores on the new color-coded California School Dashboard at its November meeting. The change reduces the number of districts and schools rated red, indicating the lowest performing category, and moves more schools to the second-lowest category, orange. The State Board said California Department of Education advisers had recommended the change after flat scores on statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment tests in math and English language arts created wide fluctuations in Dashboard indicators. But some advocacy groups criticized the move and lack of public discussion about the process. In a landmark move, the State Board also approved several textbooks with LGBT-inclusive material — making California the first state to do so. The November issue of California School News will have a detailed report from the meeting.

AEC spotlight: A Town Hall Meeting with the California Equity Leadership Alliance

Join CELA at CSBA's Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego on Friday, Dec. 1, from 4–5:15 p.m., to explore how education leaders can center equity in their work. The panel discussion will highlight how to align resources, systems and culture to improve outcomes and ensure all students graduate prepared for success in college, career and civic life. CELA is an action-oriented group committed to the educational success of all California students and comprises educational organizations throughout the state including CSBA, the Association of California School Administrators, the California State PTA, Education Trust-West and many others.

Get ready for the new California School Dashboard release

The California Department of Education is set to release an updated version of the California School Dashboard in early December. This will be the first version that includes all eight Local Control Funding Formula priority areas (10 for county offices of education). CSBA has released a new governance brief, “The California Dashboard: What Boards Need to Know for 2017–18,” that provides guidance and assistance to governing board members in their interpretation of the Dashboard data. Read the brief »

Protect your district against cyberattacks

Schools and districts are being advised to safeguard against cyberattacks; the latest hacking attacks target schools with weak data security using malicious software or through phishing attacks against district staff or employees. CSBA’s new blog post explores some of the recent cyberattacks on California schools and offers steps to help your district protect its data from hacking. Read the blog post »

Does your district or COE need temporary cash? A CSBA partner can help

CSBA works with Piper Jaffray & Co., Dale Scott & Company and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to provide the California School Cash Reserve Program. This program helps school districts and county offices of education with temporary cash flow needs by creating an additional cash reserve to the general fund. Contact Alest Walker for more information or visit the program on our website.

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