The U.S. Department of Education recently released a 61-page FAQ a school district’s use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Most notably the FAQ says that a state education agency or a state legislature may not limit or limit districts’ access or spending of the funds. The FAQ — which addresses ESSER…

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Considering federal relief funds will only last approximately three years, superintendents are anticipating a fiscal cliff and being strategic with investments. Federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, which provided the largest pot of COVID-19 pandemic relief funds for schools to date, is making its way to states. The package, which provided nearly $123 billion…

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From SSC on June 14, 2021 As expected, the Legislature passed the 2021–22 State Budget today, June 14, 2021, in advance of its June 15 constitutional deadline to send a balanced State Budget to Governor Gavin Newsom for his action. While it met its legal obligation, as widely reported, the budget bill—Assembly/Senate Bill 128—does not…

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In her CASH Executive Officer statement, Lisa Silverman provided the following updates on the CA State Allocation Board’s latest meeting: April 2021 Priority Funding Apportionments— At its April 28, 2021 meeting, the SAB approved funding apportionments for $519.4 million for 229 projects from 114 school districts that participated in the twentieth priority funding filing round….

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By SSC’s Kathleen Spencer Q: How much will local educational agencies (LEAs) receive for school kitchen infrastructure upgrades as part of the Governor’s May Revision proposal? A: In total, $100 million in one-time funding is proposed to provide school kitchen infrastructure upgrades and training for school cafeteria staff. Of that $100 million, $80 million is dedicated…

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In a standard year, all eyes are fixated on the tax filing deadline of April 15 and the cash collections in the subsequent days. However, the pandemic deferred the 2021 tax filing deadline and the payment date from April 15 to May 17. To accommodate the delay in the tax filing date, the State Controller’s…

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