ERIC Number: ED424672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
School Finance 1998-99: Budget Increase Just One Part of the Story. EdSource Report.
California's public schools received a $2.2 billion increase in revenue for the 1998-99 school year. An analysis of the overall funding for California's K-12 education in 1998-99, including what districts must do to respond to new laws, is provided. Around 82 percent of California's education dollars are controlled by state lawmakers, and the system for sharing money among school districts has become increasingly complicated. Each district receives general-purpose money based on a per-pupil revenue limit, and each district has its own revenue limit. This complexity is increased by the designation of over one-third of state funding and nearly one-half of funding increases for specific purposes. Major changes in laws that affected Average Daily Attendance accounting, the mandatory 180-day student year, special education, and social promotion all influenced the way that allocations were administered. Some of the state's existing categorical program received major funding boosts, such as class-size reduction, instructional and library materials, school facilities, child care and preschool, technology, teacher recruitment, credentialing, professional development, safety and student support services, and school-site grants. Fiscal and policy issues that still require attention include the state's teacher shortage, professional development, and teacher evaluations. (RJM)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Categorical Aid, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Government
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California