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The Trend Is Not Always Your Friend!
During the process of researching material for inclusion in our recent 39th annual School Finance and Management Conference, we came across some broad trends that we think might be of interest to our readers. We think these trends serve as a dashboard depicting the challenges we face. Dominant Macro...
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations Workshop
August 2017

Local educational agency negotiations are increasingly complex. The stakes have never been higher as an unprecedented amount of funds have been allocated to K-12 education in the state of California. Implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the infusion of supplemental and concentration grant funds, increased pension obligations, and cost-of-living adjustments that fall short of increased demands on base funding make preparing for negotiations more challenging and more important than ever.

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Human Resource Essentials Workshop
September 2017

With as much as 90% of a district’s General Fund revenue being committed to employee compensation, local educational agencies cannot afford inefficiency in personnel management. This workshop focuses on essential human resource (HR) operations and best practices in personnel management that, if implemented, can minimize legal risks and protect scarce financial resources. Additionally, the workshop will cover recent changes in law in the area of employment and labor relations.

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Conquering Budgets - Tips and Tricks for Success in School Finance
September 2017

With the major reforms to school funding, the connection of the budget to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and major changes in how we look at separate funding streams, grappling with school district and charter school budgets is more challenging than ever for business administrators—and the entire management team. 

This workshop is a “must” for those who face the task of building, analyzing, and monitoring the school district or charter school budget.

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Unraveling the Mystery of School Finance
October 2017

Never before have educational leaders in California been provided such an opportunity to leverage our state funding for the programs and services that we value the most at the local level. Most of the categorical programs of the past have been combined into supplemental/concentration grants that can have broad application to support our children with the greatest needs. And, after several years of significant funding increases, today’s decisions are even more critical as revenues flatten and resources for ongoing programs become more scarce.

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2017 EdSource Symposium
Education For All: Serving California's Vulnerable Children

October 05, 2017

"Education For All: Serving California’s Vulnerable Children" is the theme of this year’s EdSource Symposium which has been offered every year since EdSource’s founding in 1977.

We will look at what schools and communities can do to ensure that all students succeed, especially in the wake of California’s landmark reforms and how current federal policies may undercut them.

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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
Online

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
Online

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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