eduCAtion insider: Your Inside Connection to CA Education News
Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gov. appeals to voters to raise taxes or see cuts to education funding

Source: abcNEWS

Govenor BrownGov. Jerry Brown warns Californians that they must either vote to raise taxes or see major cuts to funding to public schools.

Included in his plan, Brown wants to put a proposal on the November ballot to raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000. California has already slashed $15 billion from its 2011-12 budget, $4 billion of which came from sources that included higher education.

After losing a battle during the June budget process to offset such cuts with tax increases, Brown said he is going directly to the voters to get his measure passed.

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Study reveals funding inequities between wealthy, poorer schools

Source: Education Week

Scale tipped out of balance.A recent U.S. Department of Education study seems to lend credence to arguments that school districts aren't doing enough to ensure that high-poverty schools receive their fair share of state and local dollars.

The study looked at more than 13,000 districts across the country, and found that nearly half of all high-poverty schools were at least 10 percent below the average school in their district with regard to state and local aid.

The study also found that more than 40 percent of Title I schools spent less on personnel per student than non-Title I schools in the same district.

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U.S. Census: One in four CA children living in poverty

Source: California Teachers Association

Students standing by a busSchools are seeing more poor, hungry and homeless families across the state, according to CA Teachers Association members.

While studies show poverty impacts academic achievement, recent decreases in school services and programs for poor students means most schools aren't in a position to help.

One in four children in California lived in poverty last year, according to new U.S. Census data. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, California ranks 40th in the nation in child homelessness (where 50th is worst).

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A word from Leader Services

Winner of TV giveaway announced

Leader Services is pleased to announce that Lucinda Luttgen, Board President of San Juan Unified School District, was the winner of a 42" LCD Vizio flat-screen HDTV in our recent sweepstakes.Leader's TV promo

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Entries were taken at the CA School Boards Association (CSBA) conference Dec. 1-3 in San Diego.

CA schools prepare for fiscal fallout

Source: Education Week

Fewer school days, canceled bus services, and laying off staff in the middle of the school year are all possibilities for districts across CA if state revenues drop as expected below the approved $86 billion budget passed last June.

The state treasury may be down as much as $3.7 billion, based on predictions by the Legislative Analyst's Office. To make up the shortfall, up to $2 billion would need to be cut in midyear spending in public programs, including K-12 education. Next year's projections aren't any better, with an expected $13 billion shortfall.

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