This three-part online series will help attendees meet their oversight responsibilities, evaluate new and renewal petitions for charter schools, and understand the ways in which charter schools can access facilities. Employees charged with the review of charter petitions, oversight of charter schools, or those working with charter schools wishing to access district facilities under Proposition 39 (2000) should register and take part in this three-part series.
August 20, 2020
Declining Enrollment: Strategies for Success During Challenging Times—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series
During the Great Recession and recovery through 2017–18, statewide K–12 enrollment was essentially unchanged. Student enrollment trends have varied widely based on geographic location, with some local educational agencies (LEAs) growing in enrollment and others declining. The outlook for the future is uncertain, as the state Department of Finance forecasts declining enrollment statewide over the next ten years.
September 22, 2020
With the economy coming to a near standstill, the full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, and continuing changes in how we manage funding streams, grappling with school district and charter school budgets is more challenging than ever for business administrators, site administrators, department heads, and the entire management team.
September 29, 2020
Once again, California has made its budget and cash problem your problem! While California’s economy is experiencing a recession due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shut down of businesses, billions of dollars in deferrals layered upon school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education will make it challenging to manage cash flow.
October 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis that is having a profound impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The disruption caused by the pandemic is severe, but short-term; while decisions related to when, if, and how to re-open schools could have long lasting employer-employee relationship consequences. Local education agencies must work closely with their labor partners to address mandatory subjects of bargaining.
October 20, 2020
Staffing and Enrollment Strategies: Managing the COVID-19 Collapse—An Interactive Two-Part Webinar Series
Enrollment and staffing challenges cannot be addressed in isolation, and involve collaborative partnerships between the human resources and business services departments. Before the corona virus pandemic hit, more than half of all local educational agencies struggled with declining enrollment. Additionally, the slowdown of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for revenue increases in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) had already begun. While the hold harmless on this year’s LCFF revenues from the state and the allocation of the COVID-19 Response Funds are significant, most LEAs, if not all, are spending more than what they had budgeted in order to provide distance learning and meals to students while also managing the reopening of schools.
December 8, 2020
Educational leaders in California have an opportunity to leverage our state funding for the programs and services that we value most at the local level. The supplemental and concentration grant funds 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 have flattened and resources for ongoing programs have become scarce, not to mention the reintroduction of cash deferrals. One-time federal funds are a temporary respite, but must be used with care. Combining all of that with school closure and re-opening as a result of COVID-19, local agency finances are more challenging than ever.
School Services of California, Inc. and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) have teamed up to provide a free online workshop on fiscal solvency.
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.