LAUSD reviews saving $112 million or more, but no decisions yet
In a series of special meetings to address looming deficits, the LA Unified school board on Tuesday reviewed potential savings of $112 million or more, but no action was taken. The all-day discussion was the third off-site meeting held by Superintendent Michelle King to address recommendations by the Independent Financial Review Panel to stave off deficits that could reach nearly half...
By Mike Szymanski | June 1, 2016
Special ed: a big drain on the district’s budget, but a potential for attracting more students
Special education students present one of the biggest costs for LA Unified, but administrators are considering ways to capitalize on the district’s successes with that population. Half of the school board’s all-day special budget session at USC on Tuesday was spent discussing the costs of dealing with students with mild and severe disabilities. Special ed is identified...
By Mike Szymanski | May 18, 2016
Another shock to the LAUSD budget: DWP rate hike will cost $24 million over 5 years
The recent utility increases approved by the city will sock LA Unified with $24.2 million more in costs, but the school district is already working on ways to save money. Solar panels, water recycling, light bulb replacements and other programs will help off-set some of the extra costs of water and power, said District Chief Facilities...
By Mike Szymanski | April 19, 2016
LAUSD expects ‘healthiest year’ in a decade for budget, but future deficit raises sharp concern
LA Unified expects this to be its best budget year in a decade, school officials said Tuesday, but board members urged immediate action to address a deficit in three years that could reach half a billion dollars. “This is the healthiest year in the past decade,” Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly said in a report to...
By Mike Szymanski | March 8, 2016
Brown’s CA budget proposal includes increase for education
California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his new $122.6-billion budget proposal today, the first part of a complicated process that should lead to its passage sometime over the summer. While pundits are describing it as another conservative budget from Brown, K-12 education funding looks to get a boost, with an increase to $51.2 billion from $49.8 billion in the...
By Craig Clough | January 7, 2016
LA Unified schools soon to come alive with the sound of music
Los Angeles’ schools are alive with the sound of music, or at least, they will be come fall when LA Unified’s new-and-improved arts budget is put into practice. Last week, the school board approved the district’s 2015-2016 spending plan, which allocates $26.5 million to arts education, said Rory Pullens, executive director of arts education for the...
By Hayley Fox | June 29, 2015
JUST IN: Budget shows big increase, but deficit ahead
LA Unified released a new $7.1 billion budget today that shows a big increase for next year, marking the second year the district will receive funding increases in the hundreds of millions due to higher state revenues. But despite the added injection of cash —the general fund will grow by more than $700 million over...
By Vanessa Romo | June 11, 2015
Billions in extra education funds brings praise from around state
* UPDATED Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget, which directs billions more toward schools over the next few years, has brought smiles to the faces of educational leaders around the state. The overall amount includes an additional $3.1 billion for the current academic year and $2.7 billion extra for next year and could mean as much as...
By Craig Clough | May 14, 2015
LA Unified awaiting ‘a lot more money’ from revised CA budget
With expectations of a windfall from the state when Gov. Jerry Brown announces his updated budget tomorrow, various interests in LA Unified are eager to learn if the added dollars will reach them. It’s not likely. Despite the possibility that the district’s cut of the added revenues could reach $300 million or more, Superintendent Ramon...
By LA School Report | May 13, 2015
LA Unified deficit recedes, but enrollment drop portends trouble
It turns out LA Unified’s money woes aren’t so bad — for now, anyway. Shortly before the end of the calendar year, Superintendent Ramon Cortines and other district officials were forecasting a deficit of $320 million, sometimes closer to $350 million. But that was before Governor Jerry Brown proposed his new budget. Now, the district’s...
By Vanessa Romo | January 14, 2015