Updates to Facilities Funding

Form J-13A and Recent Storms

Virtual Learning Through Independent Study

CalPERS Rates Projected to Increase

Dartboard for the 2023-24 Governor’s Budget Now Available

Upcoming Events

January 31, 2023

Dollars and Cents of Collective Bargaining

The clouds appear to be darkening as state revenues are lagging behind budget projections on a consistent basis for the first time in recent memory. Despite slowing revenues, local educational agencies (LEAs) must balance the impact of record inflation and ongoing programmatic needs with . . .
February 7, 2023

Instructional Time and Attendance Planning

California law requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet specific instructional time, attendance, and teacher supervision requirements. These requirements are interrelated. Noncompliance can result in fiscal penalties, including the loss of valuable average daily attendance (ADA) and associated ADA-based funding. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)—the largest source of . . .
February 14, 2023

Employee Leave

Managing employee leaves has and will continue to be challenging as changes in law and regulation require local educational agencies (LEAs) to carefully track eligibility for leave under federal and . . .
March 7, 2023

Charter Schools

Charter school statute has experienced changes over the past several years with additional requirements aimed at providing greater accountability, transparency, and oversight. Most recently, there have also been changes to . . .
March 14, 2023

Federal Compliance—How to Stay Out of Trouble

For many of us, federal compliance falls into the “other duties as assigned” area of our jobs, and is an area that is learned in a trial-by-fire format. Federal compliance requirements are rigorous, tedious, and often very confusing. A lack of compliance can result in significant financial penalties, additional audits, and even . . .
April 11, 2023

SACS 101—Budget Development

The Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) software is the required reporting tool that is used in the State of California for financial reporting. With funding for the K-12 system, inclusive of one-time federal stimulus dollars, exceeding . . .
April 18, 2023

Employee Complaints and Investigations

The local educational agency (LEA) human resources (HR) office experiences a myriad of challenges, and it often feels like each new day brings a new complaint that requires our immediate attention. Employee complaints and personnel . . .
May 9, 2023

Human Resources Leadership

Current workplace trends reflect an environment of transitional change, which pressures human resources (HR) departments to flex operations to meet the demands of the workforce. Shifting student and operational needs require local educational agency (LEA) HR departments to be . . .
May 23, 2023

Construction Basics and Accounting

Each of the past two fiscal years have seen an increase in school facilities funding, including money targeted to support facilities for full-day preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten. It is critical that school agencies . . .
June 6, 2023

Special Education—Both Sides of the Equation

While local educational agencies (LEAs) have benefited from four years of increased state special education funding, special education programs continue to require substantial resources to cover programmatic costs in personnel, service delivery, and . . .