May 2017

K-12 Education

Summary of K-12 Recommendations

Program May Revision Proposal LAO Recommendation 
K-12 discretionary  funding/mandates backlog Increases by $725 million one time (raising total increase to $1 billion). Modify. Link additional one-time discretionary grants to a strategic plan to pay off remainder of K-12 mandates backlog.
LCFF for school districts Increases by $642 million ongoing (raising total increase to $1.4 billion). Adopt. Additional funding accelerates LCFF implementation.
K-12 High Speed Network (HSN) Removes $8 million in ongoing Proposition 98 funding for HSN's operations and requires program to fund operations from Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) fund balance. Allows HSN to spend $2.5 million of operational reserves toward Internet infrastructure upgrade projects.  Adopt. $20 million remains in BIIG fund balance and virtually all schools now can administer online tests. Moving forward, the Legislature may wish to consider whether it wants a more active role in reviewing and approving infrastructure projects. 
Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC) Provides SCROC $10 million Proposition 98 General Fund over four years: $4 million in 2017-18, $3 million in 2018-19, $2 million in 2019-20, and $1 million in 2020-21. Reject. Like all other career technical education programs, SCROC has had four years to transition to new funding model. SCROC already has committed to maintaining career technical education programming until 2020-21.
CAASPP Mandate Adds mandate to K-12 mandates block grant with no additional funding. Modify. Add mandate and $25 million to block grant. Shift $12.8 million from assessments item into block grant. 
Educator recruitment and support grants Repurposes $11 million in Title II funds for a new competitive grant program. Modify. Adopt funding level but narrow the scope of grants and award to appropriate agency.
Charter School Facility Grant Program Increases grant amount from $750 to $1,236 per student and applies COLA to amount in subsequent years. Recipients receive lesser of this amount or 75 percent of their facilities cost. Modify. If desire is to use K-12 COLA, change per-student grant to $1,117 (rather than $1,236). Could explore using another inflationary index. 
LCAP electronic template Provides $350,000 to develop an electronic LCAP template for school districts to use in developing and sharing their LCAPs. Adopt. Electronic template would streamline process for districts to develop and publish LCAPs. 
LCFF = Local Control Funding Formula, CAASPP = California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress,
LCAP = Local Control and Accountability Plan, and COLA = cost-of-living adjustment.