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Modoc School Superintendents See Positive Signs

posted Jun 20, 2013, 2:21 PM by gjones@modoccoe.k12.ca.us
Since February of 2009, much of the news we have provided to school boards, employees, and the community has centered on cuts and late payments from the state. With state revenue cuts in excess of 20% and large payments paid after the end of the school year, the districts and county office of education had to close schools, eliminate programs, and reduce staff. 

There are now several positive signs regarding the state’s finances. The governor and legislature seem intent upon improving school funding and discontinuing the budgetary gimmicks that were used to redirect billions of dollars away from the schools.

The new state budget will change the current Revenue Limit (RL) formula to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The RL formula funds schools primarily based on student attendance. The LCFF funds schools based on student attendance and the types of students they educate, with increased funding for English learners and economically disadvantaged students.

Since, the funding models are vastly different and the LCFF’s actual funding levels are still unknown, the districts and county office of education based next year’s budgets on current law. When the state budget is signed, the law provides a 45-day time-frame to make revisions and have the LCFF school budgets approved.

When the budgets are finally set, they will reflect other major changes to teaching and learning. The state requires our schools to implement curriculum and instruction that supports Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

What we teach and how we teach students is the highest priority. Sometimes, the financial talk hides the fact that school administrators, teachers, and support staff meet regularly to ensure that our students will perform well with the new standards and assessment system.

Gary L. Jones
Mike Martin
Tom O’Malley
Don Demsher
Lane Bates

Press release to Modoc County Record 6/12/2013