flexibility in allocating state funds to schools
Original post made by Sandy on May 5, 2009
Some of those reductions in categorical funds come with no additional flexibility -- meaning that the school district still must meet state requirements in order to receive the funds.
However, other categorical funds have been granted temporary flexibility. For the next two fiscal years, the district could accept funds for a particular categorical line item, but not fund that line item -- and use those funds elsewhere in the budget, instead.
For example, class size reduction in grade 9 receives state funding of $404,353 next year. But if the district chooses, it could end class size reduction in grade 9, and use that $400 thousand dollars for some other expense it considers more important. Perhaps, kindergarten class size reduction?
In addition to the option I mentioned above, here's the list of categorical programs that the district has flexibility to redirect spending for:
849,444 school and library improvement block grant
823,619 Instructional Materials Fund
670,026 professional development block grant
667,421 Adult Education
642,694 Supplemental Hourly Programs
516,645 Deferred Maintenance
515,326 teacher credentialing block grant
404,890 Counselors (grades 7-12)
206,208 arts and music block grant
200,485 Carl Washington Safety Grant (at-risk counselors)
107,059 Gifted and Talented Education
175,832 Physical Education Teacher Recruitment Grants
58,682 Peer Assistance and Review
56,711 Community Day Schools
54,120 Community Based English Tutoring
48,927 pupil retention block grant
41,525 high school exit exam
(I retyped this from a two-page spreadsheet that I received at the April 7 board meeting. I also re-ordered it from biggest to smallest dollar amount. Any errors are my own.)
Of the items on this list, which would you recommend that the school district use in some other way?
on May 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Where did all those folks who know howta balance budgets go?
on May 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Can you tell me what Peer Assistance and Review is?
Also what funds for teacher credentialing block grant and physical education recruitment grants are used for?
on May 7, 2009 at 6:48 am
Here are the blurbs I have from the district:
AB 825 Teacher Credentialing Block Grant
These funds are used to provide support for the TV/TIP Program which trains new teachers to the profession and allows experienced and talented teacher coaches to work with teachers during their first two years. New teachers who complete the program meet the state requirements for a clear professional teaching credential.
Peer Assistance and Review (PAR)
These funds are used to assist teachers identified by administration as needing additional support to be effective in the classroom, for those voluntarily seeking assistance to improve in a specific area, for stipends for teacher coaches and PAR committee participants, for teacher representatives on the district staff development planning committee and to provide training for all teachers.
Physical Education Teacher Recruitment Grants
These funds have been used to provide additional PE teacher staffing to reduce student teacher ratios in grades one and two and as funds are available, third and kindergarten classes (from 40-1 to 20-1).