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2007-08 State Budget K-12 Education

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2007-08 State Budget K-12 Education

    Governor’s Budget 2007-08: K-12 Education

    Budget Highlights

    ? The Governor’s Budget for 2007-08 fully funds the Proposition 98 guarantee and

    includes full funding for growth and COLA for K-12 schools.

? The Governor’s Budget for 2007-08 proposes $66.3 billion from all funding

    sources for K-12 education programs. This is an increase of $2.8 billion or 4.4

    percent over the revised 2006-07 budget.

? Total K-12 funding per-pupil proposed for 2007-08 is $11,584, an increase of

    $344 from the revised current year (2006-07) level. A decline in projected

    Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for 2007-8 results in a $283.6 million reduction

    in revenue limit funding.

? The Governor’s Budget proposes total Proposition 98 spending for K-12 schools

    and community colleges of $56.8 billion, an increase of 3.3 percent over the

    revised current year total. The proposed Proposition 98 funding level for 2007-08

    is $10.1 billion or over 21 percent higher than when the Governor took office.

? The Governor’s Budget proposes a $1.9 billion increase to fund a 4.04 percent

    statutory cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

? In addition, the budget proposes allocating a total of $3.8 billion in state bond

    funding for K-12 school facilities during the 2007-08 fiscal year.

    K-12 Education Initiatives

    EnCorps: Addressing the Teacher Shortage

    ? The budget proposes $10 million to create the EnCorps Teachers program to add

    2,000 experienced retirees to the teaching corps over the next four years.

? Professionals recruited by the EnCorps Teachers Program would be supported

    during the completion of the program by their current employer and use existing

    California teacher internship programs to acquire the skills needed to become

    effective instructional leaders.

    Expanding Career Technical Education

    ? The budget proposes $52 million for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs,

    an increase of $32 million over the current year level. These funds, provided

    through the California Community College budget, would support activities

    including:

    o Expanding the number of academically rigorous CTE courses offered in

    middle schools, high schools, and community colleges;

    o Building stronger partnerships between the business sector and

    educational institutions;

    o Planning and implementing CTE curriculum for emerging industries;

    o Expanding internship opportunities for students;

    o Establishing career exploration opportunities for middle school students;

    o Creating career-themed high schools; and

    o Establishing streamlined pipelines for becoming a CTE teacher.

? In an ever-evolving economy, Californians need multiple pathways to rewarding

    and productive careers.

? This expansion will provide students with additional options and opportunities

    and help to meet the changing demands of California business and industry.

    CTE Teacher Credentialing Reforms

    ? Currently, California has 175 different teaching credentials for CTE teachers

    reflecting very narrow occupational categories. This large number of credentials

    makes the credentialing process overly complex for both prospective teachers and

    school districts.

? To remedy this problem, the Administration will introduce legislation to

    streamline the CTE credential process. The proposal will reduce the number of

    CTE credentials from 175 to 15replacing narrow occupational categories with

    broader industry sectors. This change will:

    o Incentivize entry into CTE teaching. Allowing CTE instructors to more

    easily move across subject areas will make CTE teaching a more viable

    professional choice.

    o Provide districts with added flexibility. Broader sector groupings will

    make it easier for districts to hire CTE teachers and expand CTE course

    offerings.

    o Create a more transparent and approachable credentialing process. As we

    attempt to recruit professionals from industry to bring their expertise into

    the classroom, it is essential that the credentialing process be user friendly.

    Transparent School Site Information

    ? Over the past decade, the State of California has invested significant resources

    into collecting an ever-larger amount of data from school districts. From

    demographic data of students and teachers to student performance and financial

    expenditures, California school districts collect extensive data and make over 100

    reports to the California Department of Education and other state educational

    agencies to meet state and federal reporting requirements.

? Even with the plethora of educational data collected by state agencies, there is a

    dearth of useful information tools for parents, educators, and policymakers to

    draw conclusions about the quality of schools and education in California.

    ? The Administration will seek to work with the Legislature, the Superintendent of

    Public Instruction, and other interested parties to redesign the School

    Accountability Report Card to be more parent-friendly, provide more relevant

    district and site-level information, and facilitate comparison of schools.

    California Program Improvement Management System (CalPIMS)

    ? The budget proposes $1 million for a research-based, unified intervention system

    that will train school principals how to create data-driven action plans for turning

    around failing schools.

    ? Specifically, CalPIMS will optimize the ability of principals to:

    o Use assessment data to target areas for intervention,

    o Access up-to-date state and federal accountability requirements,

    o Use specific tools to respond to these requirements, and

    o Build action plans to accelerate student achievement.

    Partnership for Success

    ? The budget proposes $1.5 million for an initiative to increase the number of

    students academically prepared to succeed in college. These funds will support an

    innovative public-private partnership model that promises financial assistance for

    higher education costs to students who commit to completing a rigorous college-

    preparatory program.

    ? The Partnership for Success will provide grants to fund three partnerships

    between local school districts and a CSU campus.

    Other K-12 Programs

    CAHSEE Intervention Materials

    ? The budget proposes $5 million for school districts to purchase individual

    intervention materials for students who have failed or are at risk of failing the

    CAHSEE. These materials will include customized, on-line tools to help students

    and teachers target remediation efforts.

    Charter School Facilities Lease program

    ? The Governor’s Budget proposes $43.9 million for the Charter School Facilities

    Lease program. This program, which provides lease assistance to charter schools

    serving predominantly low-income populations, is designed as a reimbursement-

    based program and is currently funded at an annual level of $9 million.

    ? Of the proposed funding, $20 million will be used to address qualifying expenses

    from the 2006-07 budget year.

    ? The remaining $23.9 million will be used to address qualifying expenses from the

    2007-08 budget year, thus converting the program from a reimbursement basis to

    current year basis. This change will increase funding predictability for charter

    schools.

    School Enrichment Block Grant

    ? The budget proposes $50 million to fund the School Enrichment Block Grant.

    This block grant, first funded in the 2005-06 Budget Act, supports local strategies

    to recruit and retain teachers and principals in low-performing schools.

    Loans for National Forest Area Schools

    ? For several years, the federal government has provided financial assistance to

    local education agencies in national forest areas. Because a sunset in federal law

    was not extended, this financial assistance was not provided in the current year.

    ? In order to mitigate the short-term hardship for rural schools that have come to

    depend on this support, the Administration proposes $69 million for short-term

    loans to affected local education agencies.

    ? It is our understanding that Congress intends to restore this funding early in the

    next session, so districts will be able to repay state loans in the budget year.

    Data Systems

    ? Use of data is increasingly critical to implementing effective educational

    programs and setting effective educational policies. To help strengthen

    California’s ability to harness educational data for these purposes, the Governor

    proposes strategic investments in continued development of two data systems.

    ? The budget proposes $2.5 million in state and federal funding to support state-

    level activities necessary to implement the California Longitudinal Pupil

    Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

    ? In addition, the budget proposes $1.1 million in federal funds to support continued

    development of the California Longitudinal Integrated Education System

    (CalTIDES). Funds will support related state-level activities at the California

    Department of Education and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

    Chief Business Office Training

    ? The Chief Business Officer (CB) Training program was established as a

    Governor’s initiative in 2005 to provide CBOs and CBO candidates with training

    in the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage school district budget. ? The training, which is 200 hours in duration, addresses school finance, school

    operations, and leadership.

    ? The program is designed to train over 1,000 CBOs over a three-year span, with

    priority for participation given to school districts that have recently experienced

fiscal distress. The 2005 Budget Act provided $1.1 million to fund the programs

    first 350 participants.

    ? The Governor’s Budget proposes $2.5 million to fund training for the 700

    additional CBO candidates.

    K-12 Cost Containment Proposals

    In order to help California close its structural imbalance without raising taxes, the

    Governor’s Budget makes the following proposals:

? Home-to-School Transportation

    o The Governor’s Budget proposes to shift the fund source of the $627 million

    Home-to-School Transportation program from Proposition 98 General Fund to

    the Public Transportation Account (PTA).

    o This shift allows for the Proposition 98 guarantee to be rebenched downward,

    resulting in an ongoing General Fund savings of $627 million.

    o This proposal would simply change the funding source for the Home-to-

    School Transportation program and would not result in a funding reduction to

    Home-to-School Transportation nor any other Proposition 98 funded program.

    o The PTA This proposal is consistent with the requirement that PTA spillover

    funds be spent for mass transportation purposes.

? Child Care Shift

    o The Governor’s Budget proposes to increase Proposition 98 funding for

    CalWORKS Child Care by $269 million.

    o This proposal does not result in a reduction to the CalWORKS program, nor

    does it reduce child-care benefits.

    o This proposal does not require that the Proposition 98 guarantee be rebenched

    as CalWORKS child care is already funded using Proposition 98 resources.

    o This proposal would result in General Fund savings of $269 million annually.

? California State Teachers’ Retirement System Purchasing Power Protection

    o The Supplemental Benefit Maintenance Account (SBMA) helps to protect

    the purchasing power for retired STRS members. When the purchasing

    power of a retiree has fallen below 80 percent of the purchasing power of

    the initial allowance due to price inflation, the SBMA supplements

    payments to the 80 percent level.

    o The SBMA is not a vested benefit, which means that if sufficient funds do

    not exist in the SBMA then supplemental payments may be reduced or

    suspended.

    o The state makes annual payments of 2.5 percent of teacher payroll to the

    SMBA to fund the account. Actuarial estimates indicate that funds in the

    account are more than sufficient to maintain retiree purchasing power at the

    80 percent level.

    o The Governor’s Budget proposes reducing the state contribution to 2.2

    percent of teacher payroll. In exchange, the state would fully vest the

    purchasing power benefit at the 80 percent level, thus giving additional

    protections to retirees.

    o This proposal would result in state savings of $75 million annually.

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