Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Treatment of Categorical Programs Under LCFF

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Spending Restrictions

The LCFF eliminates the vast majority of categorical spending restrictions. In their place, the LCFF establishes a more limited set of spending restrictions, some of which apply over the long term and some of which are applicable only during the initial transition period.

Long–Term Spending Requirements

Many Existing Categorical Spending Requirements Removed. Approximately three–quarters of categorical programs were eliminated in tandem with the creation of the LCFF. As a result, the majority of categorical spending restrictions that districts faced under the old system were eliminated. Under the new system, 14 categorical programs remain. Figure 5 lists those categorical programs that were eliminated and those that are retained under the new system.
Figure 5
Treatment of Categorical Programs Under LCFF
Retained Programs
Adults in Correctional Facilities
After School Education and Safety
Agricultural Vocational Education
American Indian Education Centers and Early Childhood Education Program
Child Nutrition
Foster Youth Services
Mandates Block Grant
Partnership Academies
Quality Education Improvement Act
Special Education
Specialized Secondary Programs
State Preschool
Eliminated Programs
Advanced Placement Fee Waiver
Instructional Materials Block Grant
Alternative Credentialing
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
California High School Exit Exam Tutoring
National Board Certification Incentives
California School Age Families
Oral Health Assessments
Categorical Programs for New Schools
Physical Education Block Grant
Certificated Staff Mentoring
Principal Training
Charter School Block Grant
Professional Development Block Grant
Civic Education
Professional Development for Math and English
Community–Based English Tutoring
School and Library Improvement Block Grant
Community Day School (extra hours)
School Safety
Deferred Maintenance
School Safety Competitive Grant
Economic Impact Aid
Staff Development
Educational Technology
Student Councils
Gifted and Talented Education
Summer School Programs
Grade 7–12 Counseling
Teacher Credentialing Block Grant
High School Class Size Reduction
Teacher Dismissal
Short–Term Requirements
Specific Maintenance–of–Effort (MOE) Requirements Imposed During First Two Years of Implementation. Of the state categorical funds they received, school districts are required to spend no less in 2013–14 and 2014–15 than they did in 2012–13 on ROCPs and Adult Education. If districts received funding for ROCPs and/or HTS Transportation through a joint powers authority (JPA), they must continue to pass through those funds to the JPA in 2013–14 and 2014–15. Funds used to satisfy these MOE requirements count towards a district’s LCFF allocation. Consequently, districts subject to these MOE requirements will have relatively less general purpose funding over this two–year period. (A district that already shifted all funds away from these programs as part of its response to categorical flexibility is not subject to these MOE requirements.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Save Your Adult School blog post 4/13/14

"The state needs to look seriously at ways to put adult schools on a more equal footing with community colleges. Dedicated funding of their own would be a good start."

Here's a fantastic blog post, written by Kristen Pursley, summarizing the hearing that was held on April 8th. It provides everything you need to know to take action (and is a terrific link to include in emails to your legislators!).

Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 Hearing, April 8 2014