State Budget workshops

Governor's Budget Workshop

January 15, 2021
The release of the Governor’s State Budget proposal begins the process for legislative consideration of the State Budget, but it also provides critical information for development of school agency budgets. The Governor’s Budget proposal for 2021–22—especially the specifics for K–12 education—will be of vital importance to the state’s education community. The best way to receive an overview of the Governor’s priorities and to get an explanation of the proposed State Budget’s underlying details will once again be at School Services of California Inc.’s Governor’s Budget Workshop.

May Revision Workshop

May 20, 2021
This year is like no other, impacting every aspect of our lives and the lives of students and families across our state and the nation—the pandemic, the economy, state revenues for education, COVID-19 prevention plans, and learning loss mitigation plans, just to name a few. While the May Revision is a statutorily required action by the Administration every year, this year it is an opportunity for Governor Gavin Newsom to recast his January State Budget proposals and present new proposals in view of a revised revenue outlook, legislative budget hearings, and stakeholder feedback. The May Revision Workshop will incorporate the results of revised revenue estimates, revise the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provisions for 2021–22 and the out-year estimates for LCFF funding for multiyear projections, provide the latest on funding and policy proposals outside the LCFF, and incorporate any revisions to the accountability system.

Subject-Based workshops

January 21, 2021

Planning for Reductions in Force—A Two-Hour Webinar

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, more than half of all local educational agencies (LEAs) experienced declining enrollment trends. In addition, the current pandemic-induced recession resulted in a precipitous decline in the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee in the middle of 2019–20 that resulted in deferrals in the 2020–21 State Budget. Absent a robust recovery and a vaccine and effective therapies for COVID-19, declining enrollment trends are forecasted to continue and the 2021–22 budget for education is likely to include additional deferrals or spending cuts.
February 2, 2021

Declining Enrollment: Strategies for Success During Challenging Times—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

The COVID-19 crisis has caused significant disruptions in enrollment trends, and this has an amplified effect for local educational agencies (LEAs) who were already experiencing declining enrollment prior to the impacts of the pandemic. Student enrollment trends have varied widely based on geographic location, with some LEAs growing in enrollment and others declining. While LEAs with declining enrollment will benefit from having their average daily attendance held harmless for 2020–21 and 2021–22, the cumulative impact of ongoing declining enrollment will require immediate action.
February 9, 2021

Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

Collective bargaining in the post-Janus decision environment, and amidst the current pandemic, is complex. Revenues have stagnated, cost pressures for local educational agencies continue to escalate, and there is a realistic chance of decreased revenues in 2021–22. These fiscal pressures coupled with the safety and security concerns presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have further complicated labor negotiations. Collective bargaining is on a new course where the tried and true negotiations playbook falls short.
March 16, 2021

Charter Schools—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

The charter school landscape has changed dramatically over the past two years with new requirements aimed at providing greater accountability, transparency, and oversight of charter schools. This online webinar will highlight these changes and give attendees information and tools to meet their oversight responsibilities, evaluate new and renewal petitions for charter schools, and understand the ways in which charter schools can access facilities.
March 23, 2021

Special Education: Both Sides of the Equation—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

In light of funding inadequacy, growing compliance demands, increased expectations for improved student outcomes, and anticipated changes to the Assembly Bill 602 Funding Model—local educational agencies must ensure effective program and resource management. Understanding what is driving special education costs locally is essential in operating legally defensible programs for students with disabilities that are also cost effective. With these important issues in mind, this webinar will provide participants with the most up-to-date information on funding changes, tools and tips for managing high-quality cost-effective special education programs, and guidance on ways to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
April 20, 2021

The Audit Challenge—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

Every year the Audit Regulations are updated to add new programs based on newly enacted legislation or audit findings identified through the submission of audit reports to the State Controller’s Office. The Audit Challenge webinar will provide business administrators and staff with information and best practices to better understand the audit process, and stay informed about the latest changes to audit requirements.
May 4, 2021

Construction Basics and Accounting—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

The November 2020 election brought good news for local educational agencies as about 80% of the bonds on the ballot were approved by voters. This is much-needed funding for new construction and modernization projects in the absence of a statewide facilities bond, and will require the establishment and/or support of existing facilities and facilities-specific fiscal processes. This webinar will provide an overview of the timelines and approvals necessary for the construction and/or modernization of a school facility, and step-by-step details on the basics of school construction accounting.
May 25, 2021

Employee Attendance and Leave Management—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series

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 state laws, a local collective bargaining agreement, board policies, and local practice. In addition, understanding and managing Reasonable Accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act can be particularly taxing for human resources departments if not managed in compliance with the law. This webinar will provide participants with operational advice on how to effectively manage employee leaves, and as well as how to minimize complaints of discrimination in the workplace in this era of continuing change.

Online workshops

Associated Student Body

The number one area for findings in an audit report are those in the area of Associated Student Body. 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.