The California Dashboard Officially Launches
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education (SBE) officially unveiled the updated California School Dashboard (Dashboard) as the state’s district and school grading system (see “Fall 2017 Dashboard to be Officially Released in De...
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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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The Basics of School Construction and School Construction Accounting
February 2018

The passage of Proposition 51 has opened new opportunities for school agencies to access much-needed funding for new construction and modernization projects. In addition, new requirements—in the form of grant agreements and audits—for the use of these state bond dollars are in effect. It is critical that school agencies understand the nuts and bolts of school construction and funding before they embark on these construction projects. This workshop provides an overview of the timelines and approvals necessary for the construction and/or modernization of a school facility as well as step-by-step details on the basics of school construction accounting.

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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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