Completing her first year as superintendent, the San Diego Unified Board of Trustees unanimously approved Cindy Marten's $1.2 billion "students first" spending plan on June 24.
"When the Board hired me last year, my task was to reevaluate every dollar to ensure we are focusing expenditures on proven methods to create quality schools in every neighborhood, improve student achievement and close the achievement gap," said Marten.
At the same time, the Board approved the district's LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan). It now goes to the San Diego County Office of Education for final approval. See documents approved»
Despite lingering effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the 2014-15, $1.2 billion operating budget has no layoffs, reduces class sizes in lower grades, redirects staffing to classrooms, implements Common Core and focuses on English-language learners.
"I have always believed that however much money we have, in both good times and bad, we have a responsibility to improve the quality of education while serving as good stewards and promoting student achievement," she said. "I am confident that we will meet the needs of our students and support our educators and employees, while living within our means."
Planning for the 2014-15 school year "reflects our collective vision" and is being shaped by a multi-disciplinary team, Superintendent Cindy Marten told the Board of Education when she presented her proposed 2014-15 budget on Jan. 21. The team approached the process, Marten explained, by reviewing the district’s vision for equity and excellence in all schools and classrooms rather than asking how much money is available and how much needs to be cut. The proposed budget puts the priorities squarely on students with improvements and enhancements to educational program. Read more of the Superintendent's budget message»
|Gov. Brown's comments on LCFF (PDF) |
For school districts and charter schools, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of most previously existing K-12 funding streams, thus eliminating revenue limits and approximately three-quarters of state categorical programs.
This will result in more flexibility for school leaders, with the assistance from parents and other local stakeholders, to determine the local academic priorities and how the state funding will be used to improve student achievement so that they graduate from high school and are college and career ready.
For more information, go to the Local Control Funding Formula page.
Since 2007, California has seen historic reductions in school funding. For the San Diego Unified School District, this means a reduction of more than 25 percent in school funding while the enrollment has remained stable. That's a reduction of more than $500 million.
Budget planning begins following the release of the Governor's budget proposal in January, with completion required by the end of June.
There's more information on California's school budget process.
Budget meetings and other information is regularly updated by San Diego Unified. To keep informed, check this website, the Budget News section and San Diego Unified's home page, become a fan of San Diego Unified's Facebook and Twitter pages for news and subscribe to Friday Notes.
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