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Changes in Law 2022 - School Finance

Our team has produced a series of comprehensive client briefs detailing new education laws that were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2022. Each brief is organized by subject area and includes an executive summary highlighting major changes we think you should know about. Bills signed by the Governor take effect on January 1, 2023, unless the bill specifically states otherwise (i.e. budget bills).

End-of-Session & Pre-Election Update, October 2022

Just a quick note to bring you up-to-speed on what is happening in Sacramento.

The Legislature has finished its work, and the Governor has signed and/or vetoed thousands of bills that made it to his desk.

If there was a central theme to some of the Governor’s actions, it was that he was reluctant to sign into law many bills that obligated the state to spend funds into the future. As he indicated in several veto messages, tax revenues were coming into state coffers at a severely reduced rate.

SBE Makes Changes to Dashboard, and Assessments for 2022-23 and Beyond

The State Board of Education (SBE) met this week with a focus on the future of our accountability and assessment systems, including changes to the California School Dashboard and California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) threshold scores and reporting. The Board also welcomed two new members. Following is a summary of the September meeting.

State Budget Clean-up Bill Makes Important Changes, Aug. 30, 2022

Last Friday afternoon, the Legislature released SB 185 and AB 185, the two houses’ versions of the K-12 education budget clean-up bill. Essentially identical in language, these measures contain both clarifying changes and corrections to proposals funded in the 2022 Budget Act, including the transitional kindergarten (TK) expansion and the 2021-22 ADA protection language, as well as additional, new policy changes. Our team has put together a summary of the major proposed changes:

Invitation and Update from Michael Winsatt, CAWS President

I hope your school year is off to a good start and hopefully some of the challenges you’ve faced over the past couple of years navigating the uncertainties brought on by the pandemic have begun to subside. All of us at CAWS recognize how trying these times have been. Our mission is to support the efforts of all IB schools in California, and we want you to know we’re here to help no matter the question, concern or need. We will begin the year hosting a number of virtual roundtables, seminars, and other events.

Status of Mental Health Resources for Students

Late last week, Governor Newsom held a press conference to unveil his California’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health.
The Plan outlines action across three key pillars: 1)  Healthy Minds for California Kids, 2)  Rebuilding California’s Mental Health Systems and 3)  Developing a Mental Health Workforce. Continue for details.

2022 Budget Act Comparison Chart

As evidenced by the fact that negotiations on this year’s budget went down to the wire, with the Governor signing the final budget agreement mere hours before the start of the new fiscal year, there were a number of areas where the Governor and Legislative Leadership disagreed. For K-12 education, this included the amount by which to increase LCFF base funding, whether to provide attendance relief for the 2021-22 school year, the funding level for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, and providing additional funding for the state’s Community Schools Program.

Key Education Bills Remain as Legislature Breaks for Summer Recess

On July 1, the State Legislature officially adjourned for Summer Recess. Members of both the Senate and Assembly have returned home to their districts to spend a month with their families and certainly get a little bit of local campaigning done with just months to go before the November election.

CDE Releases Preliminary ELO-P Funding Entitlements for 2022-23

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released the preliminary entitlements for the 2022-23 Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. While the per unduplicated pupil (UDP) funding amount for LEAs in Tier 2 (LEAs with less than 75% unduplicated pupil percentage) was initially estimated to be around $1,250/UDP, CDE now has that rate at roughly $2,053/UDP. The full list of preliminary entitlements, broken out by LEA, is available here.

Budget Deal Reached – June 27, 2022

Just a few hours ago, Governor Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Atkins and Assembly Speaker Rendon announced an agreement on a budget framework for the 2022-23 state budget. The press release focused primarily on the inflation relief proposal and infrastructure package, and did not specifically address K-12 funding.

Continue for details:

Budget Deal - Additional Details – June 28, 2022

Following-up on our update from last night, we wanted to provide additional details around some other major education components in the state budget deal. At the end of the update, we have also included links to the relevant budget bills and budget trailer bills, which also provide more information about the various programs listed below.
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