By Linda Darling-Hammond, CA State Board of Education president The gradual reopening of workplaces means the gradual return to work for parents. This will put pressure on schools to reopen. Also, there is urgency to address potential learning gaps created by the suspension of in-person instruction this spring. We know that distance learning had an…

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The monthly meeting of the County Office Facility Planners had updated information on the Governor’s Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the full update for school facility leaders. Topics covered in this month’s update include: COVID-19 and the Governor’s Vision Legislating Under Quarantine Legislative and Budget Updates Budgeting Under Quarantine…

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Bob Blattner, principal of Blattner & Associates, is a Sacramento-based education consultant who specializes in California school finance. This Week in California Education podcast co-hosts Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald interviewed him about forecasts for an economic recession and the potential impact on school funding that the coronavirus will cause. You can listen to the…

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California’s K-12 and community college budgets will drop $19 billion under the state’s minimum-funding guarantee, setting back years of striving to reach adequate funding. The governor announced a 10{310f4324ad65b0a2030a48dd153b38f905c81f5512720fdadc65be8f0797b958} cut to the state’s school funding formula, which has aimed to channel extra dollars to districts with more disadvantaged students. The reduction includes a loss of…

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By one projection, a 15{310f4324ad65b0a2030a48dd153b38f905c81f5512720fdadc65be8f0797b958} cut may await schools in 2020-21… EDSOURCE– As unemployment soars and the outlook for a steep recession looms, analysts are cranking new data into old forecasts, and the projected impact on education funding is ugly — probably a bigger dollar cut next year than the worst year in the Great…

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The State Allocation Board held a short meeting in April to conduct routine business. Priority Funding apportionments eligible in April will be considered at the May meeting. Here are the updates: School District Time Extension Request– The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has created an online extension request form for school districts that are…

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On May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20, that facilitates access to worker compensation benefits for employees if they contract COVID-19, by shifting the responsibility of proof to employers. Employers will have to prove employees did not contract COVID-19 at work to avoid a claim. According to a research brief released last month…

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