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Salton Sea Management: Overview and Update

May 8, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife

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Addressing Special Education Staffing Shortages

May 8, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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The 2018-19 Budget: A Guide to Understanding Potential Changes in the Proposition 98 Guarantee

May 7, 2018 - This post provides an update on the key factors affecting estimates of the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee for 2017-18 and 2018-19 and describes how the guarantee could change relative to estimates in the Governor’s January budget. The post is intended as a planning guide to help the Legislature understand the relationship between changing inputs and the minimum guarantee over the coming year.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Review of Fair Political Practices Commission Budget and Workload

May 7, 2018 -

At the April 5, 2018 hearing of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee Number 4, the committee directed our office to review the Fair Political Practices Commission’s budget and workload. This online analysis is the product of our review.

Updated 5/10/18:

  1. Changes to LAO Assessment to reflect new information regarding FPPC Advice Letter processing time.
  2. Addition of paragraphs (e) and (f) to proposed budget bill language.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Update on State Funding for K-12 School Facilities

May 3, 2018 - This post provides an overview of the state’s funding of school facilities, describes the Governor’s school facility bond sales proposal, assesses this proposal, and provides alternatives for the Legislature to consider.

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Addressing Special Education Staffing Shortages

May 3, 2018 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance

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The 2018-19 Budget: Commission on Teacher Credentialing—Record Digitization

May 1, 2018 - In this post, we provide background on how the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) stores credential records and describe the Governor’s proposal to provide $1.5 million onetime (special funds) to digitize the records of teachers issued credentials prior to 1989. We find that the proposal is not cost-effective and recommend the Legislature reject it.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Update on Backlog of Teacher Misconduct Cases

April 30, 2018 - In this post, we provide an overview of how the state reviews teacher misconduct cases, track the backlog of cases, describe the actions the state has taken to reduce the backlog, and assess progress made to date. We encourage the Legislature to continue monitoring progress toward reducing the backlog closely over the coming year.

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The 2018-19 Budget: 2018-19 COLA for K-14 Education Programs

April 30, 2018 - On April 27, 2018, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis released updated information that affects the cost-of-living adjustment for certain school and community college programs. In this post, we describe the new information and its implications for school funding.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Meeting Workforce Demand for Certified Nursing Assistants in Skilled Nursing Facilities

April 27, 2018 - In this post, we provide background on new staffing requirements for certified nursing assistants working in skilled nursing facilities, describe the Governor’s proposals to address these new staffing requirements, assess those proposals, and make associated recommendations.

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Apprenticeship Programs

April 24, 2018 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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Education Mandates

April 24, 2018 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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The 2018-19 Budget: Charter School Facility Grant Program

April 23, 2018 - The Governor’s budget proposes a $28 million (25 percent) augmentation to the Charter School Facility Grant Program along with several notable changes to the program in trailer bill language. In this post, we provide background on the program, describe the Governor’s proposal, and offer associated recommendations.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Update on K-12 Student Attendance

April 16, 2018 - In early March of 2018, we received data from the California Department of Education (CDE) on student attendance for the first half of the 2017-18 school year. In this post, we describe how the state tracks attendance and discuss the implications for Proposition 98 and school funding.

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The 2018-19 Budget: California State Library

April 13, 2018 - In this post, we analyze the Governor’s eight California State Library budget proposals totaling $9.7 million in associated augmentations. We begin the post by providing an overview of the State Library and its budget. We then describe and assess the Governor’s proposals and offer associated recommendations.