Governor Brown Signs School District Reserve Cap Bill
This afternoon, October 11, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed Senate Bill (SB) 751 (Hill, D-San Mateo; and Glazer, D-Orinda). SB 751 makes changes to the existing school district reserve cap law in the following ways: Modifies the conditions under which the reserve cap is impo...
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Governor's Budget Workshop
January 2018

On January 10, 2018, a historic event will occur; Governor Jerry Brown will release his 16th, and last, edition of his Governor’s Budget Proposals. While the State Budget remains a document of policy, priorities, and competition for resources, this particular Budget Proposal will also likely carry the legacy of California’s only four-term Governor. A tenure that long, albeit separated by 20 years, provides the opportunity to learn from that long experience and to promote ingrained pervasive policies and visions that could not be accomplished in a shorter span. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the Governor’s legacy for public education; this will be his last chance to solidify past principles or adopt new ones. The Administration will provide its economic forecast and financial plan for the state; we expect that plan to reflect the Governor’s attitude toward spending, the recession, and the overall state of the California economy. The release of the Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2018-19 begins the process for legislative consideration of the Budget, but it also provides critical information for development of school agency budgets and one last chance to change the 2017-18 Budget as well.

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Local Control Funding Formula Workshop
October 2017

We are in an environment of continuing change, with the twists and turns of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) implementation and recent developments in our accountability system. In light of regulatory requirements and in concert with our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), how do we ensure that we are appropriately calculating and managing our LCFF revenues, and how does this affect our operations?

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Accountability in California - The LCAP and So Much More
October 2017

The State Board of Education continues to develop and refine the state’s  accountability system. Smarter Balanced Assessments are in their third year, the new California School Dashboard (Dashboard) has been implemented, and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), built upon the guiding principles of subsidiarity and transparency, continues to be the accountability system’s  cornerstone. To be successful under this accountability system,  local educational agencies (LEAs) must meaningfully engage with stakeholders in the thoughtful review of student needs and the development of LCAP goals and actions, be transparent regarding the achievement gaps that exist in their schools, and use the resources provided to ensure that the neediest students are receiving increased and improved services.

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Advanced Collective Bargaining Workshop
November 2017

District management’s challenge is to create positive employee contract settlements that are in alignment with the district’s  financial capacity and program goals.

There are two levels of knowledge involved in the negotiations process. First, there are fundamental aspects of preparing for  negotiations, the legal aspects of the process, and impasse  procedures, etc., which are covered in our Fiscal Aspects of  Negotiations Workshop offered in person and online.

The second level involves practical applications, negotiating  strategies, constructing and presenting proposals and counter  proposals, and dealing with “real-life” problems for the current contract. This advanced workshop addresses those issues and many more. If you are going to be involved on the management side of the bargaining table this year, you need this workshop.

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Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations

As many districts struggle with time and budget constraints, School Services of California, Inc., (SSC) has made a commitment to provide some of its foundational workshops through various modes of delivery.  SSC hopes to make these workshops more accessible and meet the varying needs of school districts across California. As such, the “Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations” workshop is now available in both a face-to-face format and as an online offering.

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Associated Student Body

NOTE: As of May 2017 the content of this workshop has been verified as current (we periodically review our online workshops to ensure relevancy and applicability to current requirements and practices).

The number one area for findings in an audit report are those in the area of Associated Student Body (ASB). It is critical that district- and site-level staff receive training in this area on a regular basis to ensure that the district, as well as the employees, are being protected.

This online format will allow school agencies to build capacity within their organizations by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.

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