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School board workshop studies impact of new state budget

By From page A1 | January 15, 2014

The Davis school board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday for a workshop session examining the local impact of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, announced earlier this month.

The 2014-15 state budget reflects California’s new Local Control Funding Formula, which is a substantial change in the way the state funds local school districts. Additional money will be allocated to districts for students who are English learners, or come from lower-income households.

The transition to the new formula also requires school districts to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan describing how they are using state funding to advance pupil outcomes.

As the agenda summary for Thursday’s workshop notes, “California’s budget conditions directly impact funding to Davis schools. (The district) expects deferred cash payments and funding (from the state) to return. … As (these state) funds return to Davis schools, we want all stakeholders to understand what assumptions are considered in setting budget priorities and parameters.”

The board will hear staff presentations on the funding formula, accountability plan, the district’s overall fiscal health and the status of its parcel taxes, which provide a significant percentage of the overall budget.

At several recent school board meetings, representatives of the Davis Teachers Association have addressed the board, pointing out that teachers have not seen a cost-of-living raise in several years, even as their payments toward health coverage have increased, and class sizes have grown.

Several parents also have addressed the trustees, urging the board to reduce class sizes — which were increased pretty much across the board over the past five years as a result of the state budget crisis — as the lingering deferrals of state funding are finally paid and state funding per pupil is gradually brought back up toward 2007 levels.

The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The meeting will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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