Updates on SB 97/AB 103 (LCFF Concentration Cap) and AB 948 (State Funds for Facilities)

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September 10, 2013 Over the past two weeks, CCSA asked members to make their voice heard on two important issues: facilities (AB 948) and funding (SB 97/AB 103). Thank you for taking the time to make advocacy a priority and reaching out to legislators on these important bills. Hundreds of emails and phone calls went out on both these items and we achieved success on SB97/AB103 and did not go unnoticed on AB 948.

SB 97/AB 103 (Budget Committee) LCFF Concentration Cap. SB 97 and AB 103 are virtually identical bills that make many technical fixes to the recently enacted Local Control Funding Formula. We alerted you that, as originally proposed, sections of these bills would have further restricted the cap on concentration grants imposed on charter schools, and reduced funding for many new charter schools. Thanks to all of your responses to our Action Alert, SB 97/AB 103, has been amended to remove those changes and restore those sections to their original form, as adopted in June. We expect one of these bills to pass the legislature this week, without the negative impact on charter schools, and move to Governor Brown for his signature.

At this point, it appears that AB 948 (Olsen), CCSA's sponsored legislation, is not moving forward. With YOUR help, this is the furthest we have moved on this issue. AB 948 would have expanded eligibility for the Charter School Facility Grant Program (SB 740 Program) by lowering the Free and Reduced Price Meal percentage eligibility threshold from 70% to 60%. CCSA will continue to work on this issue and we look forward to working with the California School Finance Authority who will now oversee the administration of the grants.