2016-17 Final Budget Adoption

The final budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year was approved by the state legislature on June 15. Included in the final budget is an overall increase in education funding which includes $20 million in one-time funding for the Charter School Startup Grant program. Some of the additional funding increases include the following:

  • $2.94 billion in ongoing Proposition 98 funding for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), bringing total LCFF funding to $55.8 billion in 2016-17.
  • $1.28 billion in one-time per pupil discretionary block grants to be allocated per pupil based on prior year average daily attendance counts.
  • $200 million in one-time funds to establish the College Readiness Block Grant program to better prepare disadvantaged students to enter college. The grant funds will be allocated based on the number of LCFF unduplicated high school students with a minimum grant of $75,000.
  • $9.5 million in one-time funding to improve access and the quality of drinking water in schools.

CALPADS Tips to Remember

October might seem far in the future, but the California Basic Education Data System (CBEDS) report will be due before you know it! This year, CBEDS Information Day falls on Wednesday October 5th. It’s never too early to start preparing! Here are some important tips and facts to remember!

  • A student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals (FRPM) should be determined annually. Although a student may have received free or reduced-price meals during the 30-day grace period, their eligibility is NOT determined until their FRPM application is processed. Once their eligibility is determined for the current year, their Education Program Membership Start Date should reflect the first day the student started school for the current academic year. The student’s eligibility for the prior year should have an Education Program Membership End Date which reflects the last day of school for the prior year. One of the most common mistakes made is that the student’s eligibility status is carried over from the prior year because an end date was not properly input into CALPADS.
  • It’s important to remember that if a student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal changes after the Census Day because the student’s application is found invalid during the verification process, the FRPM program record for that student should be retroactively retracted for that school year since that student was never eligible for FRPM in that current year.
  • Students who are enrolled before the Census Day but whose applications are not processed until after the Census Day should still be included in the free lunch counts if determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools will need to update FRPM program records in CALPADS and certify Fall 1 data by the close of the Fall 1 Amendment Window.
  • Be diligent and have continuous monitoring systems in place over the CALPADS reporting process. The information certified in Fall 1 is the basis for your LCFF Unduplicated Pupil Counts which drives a large portion of your school’s funding! It is your school’s responsibility to verify that the information reported is correct!

Upcoming Critical Deadlines

Don’t miss these important upcoming deadlines!

  • July 1, 2016: Preliminary budgets are due to the chartering district and county superintendent of schools.
  • July 1, 2016: Deadline to adopt a Local Control and Accountability Plan.
  • August 1, 2016: Charter Submission Packages are due to the CDE for schools whose petitions will be reviewed at the November State Board of Education meeting.
  • September 1, 2016: Proposition 39 California Clean Energy Jobs Acts applications are due to the CDE.
  • September 15, 2016: Unaudited annual financial statements for 2015-16 are due to the chartering district and county offices of education.
  • September 30, 2016:  Deadline for new charter schools to open in order to be eligible for funding apportionments from the state.

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