Education Roundup: Governor’s proposed formula could double per-student funding in LTUSD
Ryan Summerlin March 5, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed funding formula could add much-needed dollars to Lake Tahoe Unified School District coffers, but exactly how much revenue will be available has yet to be determined.
Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula grants additional money to schools with 50 percent or more English learners and economically disadvantaged students, and promises that no school district or charter school will receive less money than it did in 2012-13.
The formula also proposes to provide local school districts more flexibility when it comes to spending government dollars and is designed to replace general funding of districts with a simpler, uniform system.
LTUSD – where 60.32 percent of the student body qualifies for the free and reduced-price meals –would receive $10,710 per student after full implementation of the proposal, according to funding estimates released by the California Department of Finance. That’s about double what the school currently receives, LTUSD Superintendent James Tarwater said.
But those estimates won’t be realized until 2021, even if the proposal does hold up under official legislative action.
“There is still much to be interpreted and determined … How much actual revenue will be available year by year waits to be determined,” LTUSD Chief Financial Officer Debra Yates stated in an email.
Yates said she is confident that the district won’t face more reductions and that, for the first time in several years, the state will fund the 1.65 percent Cost of Living Adjustment due to inflation.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office endorsed the governor’s proposal partly on the grounds that it links funding to the cost of educating high-needs students, according to a report from the School Services of California. But the analyst’s office expressed concerns that the 50-percent threshold of English learners and low-income students should be raised to concentrate on districts with higher levels of additional need.
Tarwater said he’s anxious to see where the dollars will actually flow, and it’s still too early to make any concrete decisions. But he said he supports more funding to back students who require the support classes.
“We know that there will be an increase in our base revenue. We’re optimistic, but we don’t know where it will all shake out,” Tarwater said. “They’re providing additional money for extra support, they’re targeting the kids, and I’m all for it.”
Chili Night fundraiser to benefit Whittell baseball
The $1-per-bowl, all-you-can-eat Chili Night fundraiser will take place Thursday starting at 5 p.m. at the Coyote Grill. All menu items will be available and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whittell High School baseball program.
The Coyote Grill is located in the Round Hill Village Shopping Center at 212 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Spring grants available through Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation
The deadline to fill out an application for an Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation spring grant is Friday. Applications are available online at www.ltedf.org under the Projects tab.
All schools are encouraged to apply for the grants that fund enrichment programs through a fall and spring grant-request process. According to the LTEF website, the organization provides $40,000 to $60,000 each year in enrichment grants.
Mother Goose on the loose at South Lake Tahoe Branch Library
Mother Goose on the Loose, a storytime program for children 2 years old and younger, will take place every Thursday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. through June in the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
The last Spanish-language Mother Goose on the Loose will take place Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning program that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read.
For more information, call 530-573-3185.
Nursery school hosts open house
Tahoe Parents Nursery School will host an open house for prospective parents and their children every Thursday in March.
The open house will take place during the school’s regular hours of operation, when those interested can see things in action.
The school is located at Al Tahoe School, 1100 Lyons Ave.
For more information, call 530-541-8767 or visit www.tahoeparentsnurseryschool.org. Parents who would like to visit on another day are asked to call the school to arrange a time.
Accountant needed for Edgewood Golf Tournament
A bookkeeper/accountant is needed for the annual Edgewood Golf Tournament that helps support Whittell High School sports teams.
For details, call Pam Jimenez at 775-901-1003.
The 26th annual Booster Club Golf Tournament is set for May 4-5.
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