January 2021

K-12 Education

New Workload and Funding for the California Department of Education (CDE)

2021-22 Governor's January Budget (Dollars In Thousands)




Recommendation and Rationale

Federal Funds


Extend the implementation schedule for the Standardized Account Code Structure software replacement project by one year.



Approve. The extension is reasonable given the challenges associated with training districts to use the new software during the pandemic. In addition, the extension would facilitate additional testing and improvement of the software. Funding is one time.

Extend spending authority to fund violence prevention and mental health training programs for students and staff, and to provide state-level support on school safety and suicide prevention.



Approve. The extension is reasonable given the implementation challenges associated with training students and staff during the pandemic. Funding is one time.

Provide one additional position to meet workload demand related to new federal requirement that all schools report per-pupil expenditure data.



Approve. Helps CDE meet new federal reporting requirement. Funding is ongoing.

State Fundsa


Backfill positions shifting to the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide CDE with sufficient staff to administer the programs remaining at CDE.



Conform staffing actions to policy actions. Number of staff needed likely varies depending on decisions related to timing and programs that transition to DSS. See our analysis of child care proposals for more detail.

Fund Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to complete updates to the mathematics curriculum framework.



Approve. Helps IQC complete pending work. Funding is one time.

Provide one position for CDE to develop and maintain a data collection system that tracks schools affected by emergencies.



Approve. Proposal would streamline existing data collection efforts and improve the state’s ability to assist schools during emergencies. Funding is ongoing.





a Funded by Non-Proposition 98 General Fund (ongoing), unless otherwise indicated.