Monthly Archives: December 2018

CA received nearly $9.7 billion in revenue in November– drastically exceeding projections and making up for an unexpected dip in October collections, according to the state controller’s office. For the fiscal year overall, the state has collected nearly $45 billion–close to $2.3 billion more than projections. Thus far, total revenues collected between June and November…

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Voters passed school construction bond measures in 89 of 112 K-12 and community college districts. And they passed parcel taxes in eight of the 13 school districts that had placed them on the ballot to create new sources of revenue or to extend existing parcel taxes. This is about the same rates as in the…

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With solid bond victories in the midterm election, Carlsbad and Vista Unified school districts are getting ready to upgrade aging school facilities and tighten security on their campuses. Carlsbad’s $265 million bond initiative and Vista’s $247 million school bond proposal exceeded the 55 percent threshold needed for passage. Click here for the full article…

Assembly Bill 2449 changes the seating date for newly elected school district and county board of education members to the second Friday in December following the election. These provisions do not apply to the current 2018 election cycle, as the bill does not become effective until Jan. 1, 2019. Click here for the full article…

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s Executive VP, C.J. Szafir and Researcher Cori Petersen write at the Wall Street Journal about how Milwaukee Public Schools refuse to sell vacant schools to Milwaukee’s charter schools. Click here for the full article…

While the fiscal outlook for California public schools remains positive, declining enrollment and pension costs will continue to pose significant challenges for many districts statewide. A report out last week from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst suggested that state support for schools could grow by another $10 billion through the 2022-23 fiscal year, assuming there is…

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There is a new reality for transborder, or transfronterizo, students— young people who cross the border daily to go to school and sometimes work. The transborder experience starts as young as preschool for some, and extends to college for many others, including Benitez, who crosses to attend San Diego City College about 25 minutes away…

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The upcoming CA Supreme Court case involving Cal Fire pension benefits raises important retirement and legal issues. With regard to retirement, the first question is whether the right to purchase nonqualified service credit is a vested benefit. If the benefit is determined to be vested, the second question is whether the court will overturn the…

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