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Special Education in California: A Sunset Review

December 1, 1986 - This report is submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155). Chapter I of this report provides background information on the special education program. Chapter II contains our comments on the findings made by the State Department of Education (SDE) in its sunset review report. Chapter III presents our response to the recommendations made by the SDE. Finally, Chapter IV summarizes all of our recommendations regarding the special education program.


The Miller-Unruh Reading Program: A Sunset Review

December 1, 1986 - This report is submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155), and reports our findings and recommendations regarding the Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Program. This program was established to help prevent and correct reading disabilities among children in kindergarten and grades 1 through 3.


A Report on the Child Care Reimbursement System

July 1, 1986 - The Child Care and Development Services Act (Chapter 798, Statutes of 1980) directed the Superintendent of Public Instruction to "implement a plan which establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates" for state-subsidized child care programs. The act also established a "standard reimbursement rate" which, in 1980-81, was $15.36 a day (or $3,840 a year) for each child enrolled full-time in subsidized child care.


The Bilingual Education Program: A Sunset Review

June 1, 1986 - This report is submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155). Chapter I of this report provides the history of the bilingual education program, including judicial decisions and state and federal requirements affecting bilingual education. Chapter II describes how bilingual programs are currently operated, including program options, enrollment, staffing patterns and funding. Chapter III contains our comments on the findings and recommendations of the State Department of Education regarding the bilingual education program. Chapter IV summarizes our recommendations regarding continuation of the bilingual education program.


Financing School Facilities

February 20, 1986 - We believe that the best long-term solution to financing the construction and reconstruction of local school facilities is to return the primary responsibility for raising revenues to the local school districts themselves. In this piece, we discuss how this can be accomplished, while conforming to the principles of equity in school finance enunciated by the California Supreme Court in Serrano v. Priest.


Staff Development

February 1, 1986 - Staff Development


Teacher Shortage

February 1, 1986 - Teacher Shortage


Dropout Reduction

February 1, 1986 - Dropout Reduction


Instructional Deans

February 1, 1986 - California State University: Instructional Deans


Nonresident Fees

February 1, 1986 - Policy on setting nonresident charge level should be changed.


Graduate Enrollments

February 1, 1986 - The University of California should reduce the number of foreign graduate students in engineering and computer science by enrolling more resident California students in these programs.


Faculty Salaries

February 1, 1986 - Faculty Salaries: incresase to achieve parity with comparable universities.


The Implementation of the Master Plan For Special Education 1980-81 Through 1984-85

December 1, 1985 - The Master Plan for Special Education (MPSE) is the program and funding framework through which California provides educational and related services to students with physical or mental disabilities and students with learning or communication problems. Under the master plan, funding is provided for special education programs, based on the cost of (a) direct instructional services and (b) ancillary support services.


A Review of Funding Alternatives for The Commission on Teacher Credentialing

December 1, 1985 - The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is supported entirely by fee revenue, most of which is derived from credential and examination fees. These fees have generated adequate revenues to finance the commission in the past, but in recent years they have failed to keep pace with the commission's funding needs. Recognizing this problem, the Legislature (in the Supplemental Report of the 1984 Budget Act) directed the Legislative Analyst to examine alternatives to the present system for funding the commission. This report was prepared in response to the Legislature's directive. It (1) identifies options for funding the operations of the commission, (2) evaluates these options, and (3) provides our recommendations.


Allocation of Urban Impact Aid: A Review

September 1, 1985 - The Urban Impact Aid (UIA) program was established by Chapter 894, Statutes of 1977 (AB 65), in order to compensate certain urban school districts for the higher costs that some believe are associated with providing education in an urban setting.

Education Staff

Jackie Barocio
(916) 319-8333
Child Care, Expanded Learning, School Facilities, and Teachers
Sara Cortez
(916) 319-8348
Special Education, Preschool, and Child Nutrition
Kenneth Kapphahn
(916) 319-8339
Proposition 98, School District Budgets, School Transportation
Lisa Qing
(916) 319-8306
California State University, Student Financial Aid
Paul Steenhausen
(916) 319-8303
California Community Colleges
Ian Klein
(916) 319-8336
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, California State Library
Michael Alferes
(916) 319-8338
Local Control Funding Formula, Charter Schools, Alternative Schools, High School Career Technical Education
Edgar Cabral
(916) 319-8343
Deputy Legislative Analyst: K-12 Education
Jennifer Pacella
(916) 319-8332
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Higher Education