Capitol Update 1/9/15

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January 9, 2015

Welcome back! It has been an exciting week in the State Capitol: the California Legislature is back in session, Governor Jerry Brown took his fourth oath of office and gave his State of the State address, Senator Barbara Boxer announced that she would retire at the end of her term, and last but not least, Governor Brown released his 2015-16 proposed budget.

State Budget Update: School Funding Increases Continue in Governor Brown’s Proposed 2015-16 Budget

On January 9, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown released his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget contains a Proposition 98 school funding guarantee of $65.7 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  This is an increase of $18.4 billion in four years, or $2,600 per K- 12 pupil. The total Proposition 98 increase is $7.8 billion in one-time and ongoing adjustments for K-14 schools compared to the enacted 2014-15 budget. This increase provides approximately $9,667 per pupil in Prop 98 for 2015-16, or $306 more per pupil per pupil than the 2014-15 budget. Average K-12 spending from all sources is estimated to be $13,462 per pupil.  While many details of the plan are not yet available, key education expenditure proposals include:

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF):  Four billion dollars in additional funds for continued LCFF implementation, which closes the remaining gap between actual and target funding rates by 32 percent. Funds include an increase in LCFF target rates by a Cost of living Adjustment of 1.58 percent.

Deferrals:  $992 million to eliminate all remaining K-12 deferrals.

SB 740 Charter School Facilities:  An augmentation of $50 million to the SB 740 Charter School Facility Grants program for a total of $142 million to permanently lower the free or reduced price meal eligibility threshold to 55 percent.

Other K-12 Spending Proposals for 2015-16 Include:
  • $1.1 billion for one-time per ADA grants for common core implementation (about $15 per pupil).
  • $500 million for a new Adult Education Block Grant to establish regional consortia for adult education services and programs.
  • $368 million from Proposition 39 energy efficiency funds of which $320 million would be provide for K-12 school efficiency grants.
  • $250 million in one-time funds in each of the next three years for Career Technical Education. This is similar to the existing Career Pathways Trust grants, but would require a local match.
  • $100 million in one-time funds for internet connectivity, which builds on similar funds provided in 2014-15.
The Governor's budget release is only the first step in the budget process. The California State Legislature will discuss budget priorities through the spring and key economic indicators will be updated in May before a final plan is adopted. CCSA will continue to work on your behalf to ensure positive budget outcomes for charter schools. Stay tuned for more details in CCSA’s full 2015-16 Governor’s Budget Brief in the coming days.

P-1 Data Submission are Due to the CDE by January 15

The California Department of Education reports that several 2014-15 P-1 data submissions are due to the CDE no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015 including Attendance Data and a new Charter Status Screen that all charter schools must submit. Please refer to the Data Reporting Instruction Manual, referenced below, which provides specific instructions for each data entry screen. Several resources are available on the 2014-15 Principal Apportionment Data Collection Web page to assist with preparing P-1 data submissions. Questions about the deadlines or data submittals that are not addressed through the resources referenced above should be directed by phone or e-mail to the CDE program contact(s) provided on the Principal Apportionment Contacts Web page.

Learn at Conference, Lead at Advocacy Day

March 16-19, 2015 hundreds of charter leaders, teachers and supporters will come together in Sacramento, CA to share their voices, learn from each other, celebrate successes and build momentum for the charter movement. CCSA is proud to offer registration specials that include discounts for CCSA member schools and groups of 3+ or 10+. Register now with a purchase order to lock-in these low rates and you won't pay until March 2015. Don't miss out on the dynamic 2015 CCSA Conference Programming. We look forward to hosting you in Sacramento.

Annual Charter School Day at the Capitol

CCSA will celebrate National Charter Schools Week by hosting our Annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday May 5, 2015. Registration is open! CCSA will schedule a meeting with your legislators based on your school’s physical address. School leaders, board members, teachers and parents are encouraged to participate. The event includes onsite training, lunch and an exciting program. This event is a benefit of CCSA membership and is complimentary to individuals from member schools. Register HERE today and watch last year’s video to learn more about the event and why your participation is critical. Questions? Email governmentaffairs@ccsa.org.