Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Some Good News For Capo Unified

Just received from the School District's Legislative Co-Chairs--Great News for Our Children and especially the 54,000 Students of the Capo Unified School District....

​Hello and Happy Summer to all Child Advocates!

Thanks to all who made calls to the Governor and Legislators last week.  I know that for some, this is really outside your comfort zone; however, those calls had a real impact on the compromise budget that was reached by state leaders this week.

Although this compromise is not all we hoped for, the base school funding grant has been increased which will benefit the students in Capo Unified.  Its not quite clear yet exactly how this will impact the CUSD budget for next school year but this will be resolved in the next week or 2 as the CUSD budget is finalized for approval at the June 26 school board meeting.  In fact, there will be a budget presentation at tonight's school board meeting for those interested.

Here is an excellent link to an article by John Fensterwald  which provides a really good explanation of the LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) compromise and also includes some very helpful graphics:
The compromise proposal still has to be voted on by the full legislature and we expect that to happen this week, so that the June 15 constitutional budget deadline can be met.
Thanks and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions! 
Sue Hill
​ & Leslie Parker​

CUCPTSA Legislative Co-chair

PS. Below is the CAPTA alert with more information and links.

From: California State PTA []
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:43 PM
Subject: Your voice made a difference!
Legislative Alert
June 11, 2013
Your voice made a difference! Compromise on state budget includes increase in base funding for all students
A compromise on the state budget and new school funding formula has been reached between the Governor and legislative leaders, and approved by the Joint Budget Conference Committee.
While full details are still emerging, the new plan includes an increase to the base grants for school districts that PTA strongly supported. Thank you to all our members who picked up the phone and delivered our message to the Governor and Legislature.
The compromise also provides additional resources based on student needs — another critical component supported by PTA. The compromise plan includes both supplemental and concentration grants, though the formulas for these were changed somewhat from what the Governor proposed in his May Revision. 
The structure for accountability, transparency and parent engagement in the final proposal has not yet been described as part of the budget deal.
In addition, the compromise includes $1.25 billion to support districts with implementation of the new Common Core Standards.
Expect a vote of the full Senate and Assembly this week to meet the June 15 deadline to pass an on-time budget, and then the budget would go to the Governor for his signature.   
PTA will continue to monitor details of the compromise plan and communicate to our members.
For more information, view the legislature's summary of the compromise on the Local Control Funding Formula at:
This legislative alert is being sent to subscribers of our Legislative Alerts, Sacramento Update and to all unit, council and district PTA presidents to share with their board members throughout the year.
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