Shouting. Interruptions. Delays. Even police arrests. In just a few months, the most local of all local forms of American governance—the school board—has been beset with drama. Board meetings, far from being quiet, by-the-books affairs, have turned into to ground zero of the nation’s political and cultural debates. All the while, school boards’ work has…

Read More

Annually, school districts and county offices of education (COEs) are required to provide an update on the status of a district’s unused sites and are subject to nonuse payments for these sites. The Certification of Unused Sites (Form SAB 423) and the Modification of Unused Site Status (Form SAB 424) are due to the Office…

Read More

Recently the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) reiterated that the Public Contract Code (PCC) does not allow a school district “to acquire factory-built modular building components via piggyback contracting.” “Piggyback contracting” is a procurement method for “personal property” that allows a school district to avoid competitive bidding when another public agency has an existing…

Read More

All LEAs will receive funding from the $150 million included for kitchen infrastructure in the 2021–22 State Budget package. Assembly Bill (AB) 130 (Chapter 44/2021), the education omnibus budget trailer bill, does not limit the $150 million to LEAs that participate in the NSLP. More specifically, AB 130 stipulates that of the $150 million, $120…

Read More

The universal transitional kindergarten program will be gradually phased in over the next five years, until it includes all the state’s 4-year-olds by the 2025-26 school year. Currently, transitional kindergarten, or TK, serves about 100,000 children, primarily those who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. How the expanded TK program will be rolled…

Read More

Community infection rates are a big factor in schools’ Covid safety plans. As students in California prepare to return to in-person instruction, schools are piecing together Covid testing and vaccination measures that are as varied as the state itself. The state is urging schools to test students and staff regularly and encourage everyone on campus…

Read More

Although the California Teachers Association is strongly supporting vaccines, the association has stopped short of endorsing a vaccination mandate for all public school teachers. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers union in the country, said she would support a vaccination requirement for teachers. Weingarten said Sunday that…

Read More

Today, as California confronts another wave of the pandemic, people are frustrated that school districts aren’t acting with urgency to require vaccinations for teachers. State lawmakers, however, have yet to issue a vaccine mandate for public school teachers, arguing that a mask mandate, increased ventilation and other existing safety measures are enough. Legislators have put…

Read More

Gary L. Jones, EH&A Senior Associate When school leaders talk about districts and charters that establish patterns of excessive spending, they use terms like fiscal distress, fiscal crisis, and financial mismanagement. Complaints are voiced about substandard accounting practices, poor budgeting, and bad cash management. This leads to calls for greater and better fiscal oversight by…

Read More

By Barry Dragon, Vice President of EH&A/MGT Over the past 18 months, much has changed in the world; and even more specifically in K-12 education. Where a mere year ago many school districts were looking at the financial impacts of declining enrollment combined with an anticipated $54 Billion deficit at the state level, a year…

Read More