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February 18, 1998 - Last August, President Clinton signed into law the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Part of the act creates the “Hope Scholarship” and “Lifetime Learning” tax credits, which will dramatically lower the after-tax price of higher education fees for most middle-income students (or their parents) by lowering their federal taxes. We identify several options that the Legislature has in responding to the problems and opportunities posed by the new tax credits.
February 18, 1998 - A Market-Driven Solution to Train More Teachers
February 18, 1998 - We identify several revenue and spending options that the Legislature has in responding to the problems and opportunities posed by the new federal "Hope Scholarship" and "Lifetime Learning" tax credits.
February 18, 1998 - Financing Priority Capital Outlay Projects
February 18, 1998 - Assessing Seismic Risk in Higher Education Buildings
February 1, 1998 - we project that total enrollments in 2005 will be 2,142,000. This represents annual growth of 0.3 percent from 1991 to 2005. Such growth, rather than of tidal wave proportions, would actually be dramatically lower than the 2.7 percent annual growth in enrollments experienced by the three segments between 1970 and 1991.
October 1, 1997 - School district revenues per student differ significantly throughout the state. For instance, per student revenue-including all local, state, and federal aid-in 1995-96 (the most recent data available) among California unified school districts ranged from $4,042 to $12,528 per student, with an average of $5,160. No single funding source is responsible for the significant differences in revenue among districts. In part, the differences reflect additional funds available to districts that serve low-income students with specific needs. Funding differences also stem from historical and local economic factors. We explain in more detail below the magnitude of revenue differences among districts and some of the reasons for the gaps.
September 1, 1997 - Since 1995, the state of California has been at odds with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) over special education services for eligible inmates in state prisons. The dispute has threatened receipt of federal funds for special education programs in California's public schools as we indicated in our Analysis of the 1997-98 Budget Bill (see page D-89). Despite the recent approval of changes in federal law by the Congress and the President, which Californians believed would resolve the state-federal conflict, the USDE continues to assert that California is out of compliance. This could place more than $300 million in federal funds for special education in California's public schools at risk.
February 19, 1997 - Funding Higher Education Capital Outlay