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california Bus Funds Restored, But Districts Must Cut Budgets Elsewhere

...perior Court has allowed a lawsuit over school fees against the state to move forward. Districts in california — and many other states — have initiated fees for various activities to cover funding deficits. But a california state Supreme Court ruling bans all fees as a violation of the state constitution’s guarantee of free public education. (See previous RSFN coverage here and here.) In 2010, an investigation revealed numerous districts charging fees, and the American Civil L...
Date: 2012-02-23

california Law Requiring Charters to Serve Free and Reduced Price Meals Vetoed

...hools in the Golden State to provide free and reduced prices lunches to students has been vetoed by california Governor Jerry Brown. Brown stated that while he believes “pupil nutrition is profoundly important,” he feels it is trumped by the need of charter schools to “be free from large portions of the voluminous state Education Code.” In california, as in many states, charter schools are exempt from many portions of state education law, including the one that says publ...
Date: 2012-10-29

california Lawsuit Challenges School Funding System

...posting, but may require registration or expire over time. A new funding lawsuit has been filed in california challenging the school finance system as unconstitutional. california schools have seen $17 billion in cuts in two years. The lawsuit says that the state should determine what it takes to fund required programs and to meet student needs, and it asks the court to require that the state develop a new funding formula. Plaintiffs include the california School Board Association, the Califor...
Date: 2010-06-25

california Lawsuits Must Have Different Focus

... but may require registration or expire over time. This month two plaintiff groups challenging the california school finance system have resubmitted their complaints to an Alameda County Superior Court Judge who ruled in January that the state constitution does not require any set level of funding for schools. In his ruling, Judge Steven Brick wrote that there is no equal protection for student against inadequate funding, “however devastating” the results might be. The Judge said, ...
Date: 2011-03-30

california Settles School Fee Lawsuit

...Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. california has settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over the charging of illegal fees by school districts. (See background in September RSFN.) A number of districts around the state were charging students lab, materials, and other fees for participation in certain classes and school activities. A 1984 california Supreme Court ruling, however, bans all fees as a violation...
Date: 2011-01-25

california State Senator Liu Hosts Community Schools Bus Tour

...ship — Community School Strategies in Action bus tour.  california State Senator Carol Liu (Chair of the Senate Education Committee) recently hosted a bus tour called Pathways to Partnership — Community School Strategies in Action. The bus tour was a three day statewide tour of effective cross-agency partnerships in california that are having dynamic impacts connecting students, parents and schools to local resources so that f...
Date: 2013-11-19

california Tenure Ruling: Big Splash, Unclear Consequences

...nd current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The ruling in the california lawsuit that challenged teacher tenure has garnered massive media attention this month, most of it — on both sides — declaring the imminent end of or mortal threat to job protections for public school teachers. That declaration is not exactly the ruling. But the fact that it the near totality of the media spin, reveals a lot about the politics of teacher policy. Vergara v....
Date: 2014-06-27

california's Frontal Assault on Rural Schools

...: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. california Governor Jerry Brown recently stunned school officials by announcing that all state aid for school transportation services would be eliminated. The $248 million slashing was nearly one-fourth of an overall billion-dollar cut in the state budget. Public schools also took another $80 million hit on other state education funding, boosting their share of the cuts to nearly one-third. The c...
Date: 2012-01-27

Class Action california Lawsuit Challenges School Fees

...but may require registration or expire over time. Several American Civil Liberties affiliates in california and attorneys working pro bono have brought a class action lawsuit against the state of california for allowing school districts to violate the state constitution by charging school fees. Attorneys are asking the court to stop the practice immediately and to order the state to write regulations prohibiting the practice in the future. The suit follows an investigation by the ACLU, docum...
Date: 2010-09-28

Partners Create Child Care and Performing Arts Complex — Ojai, california

...This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters. Introduction Community organizations and the schools in Ojai, california have a long history of friendly relations. They regularly share information about families who need assistance, collaborate on special projects involving children and teens, and make space available to one another for meetings and projects. Two collaborations are featured here: the Smart Start program, which offers preschool and before and after school programs...
Date: 2006-04-01

Proposed california Funding System Fixes Are a Mixed Bag for Rural Schools

...: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. california's system of public school finance is one fo the most complex in the nation. Its complexity makes it hard to preduct how much funding schools will receive. It is also inequitable across the state and between districts with similar characteristics; and it provides inadequate funding for most districts with high levels of student poverty and high percentages of English Language Learners, a...
Date: 2010-11-26

School Fees at Issue in Idaho and california

...t. Joki responded that requiring individual suits is a way to try to ensure failure of the effort. california Fee Law Goes into Effect; Regulations Forthcoming Parents in the Golden State have begun receiving refunds from the california Board of Education as a result of a lawsuit over districts charging illegal fees. In 2010, a coalition of attorneys working pro bono brought a class action lawsuit against the state of california for allowing school districts to violate the state constitution ...
Date: 2013-05-30

School Finance Overview: Arizona and california

...islature is asking to delay implementation of a court order requiring them to raise funding. In california, voters approved tax increases to support higher levels of education funding. That measure also gave schools much more flexibility to develop their own budgets--and a mandate to expand parent and community involvement in school decision-making processes.  In this article, we take a deeper look at how these two states are approaching school funding during the economic recovery.&n...
Date: 2014-12-17

Second california Lawsuit

...istration or expire over time. As reported in June RSFN, a second school funding has been filed in california. Plaintiffs in the latest suit, Coalition for Quality Education v. california, are public interest and community organizations representing underserved communities in the state. The lawsuit also includes individual student and parent plaintiffs, along with taxpayer representatives. The action asks for a ruling that says that the state has a duty under the california Constitution to ens...
Date: 2010-07-23

Rural Trust Participates in Pathways to Partnership Bus Tour Across california

...Editor's note: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The Pathways Tour, hosted by Senator Carol Liu, will be exploring the Community Schools Movement, a strategy which aligns the resources of an entire community to support student success and strengthen families. Pathways Tour participants will visit innovative and effective programs in various communities and learn more about promoting community schools partnerships, institutionalizin...
Date: 2013-10-14