Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 20th Podcast – How CA Districts Respond to Fiscal Flexibility: Statewide Survey Results on District Decisions on Consolidated Categorical Aid.

Bruce Fuller, University of California, Berkeley; Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University; Julie Marsh, University of Southern California; Brian Stecher, RAND Corporation; Thomas Timar, University of California, Davis.

Since 2009 the Department of Education has allowed local school boards to reallocate $4.5 billion in previously regulated categorical aid, now folded into the Tier 3 ‘block grant’. The UC-RAND research team reported earlier on case studies of 10 districts’ response to flexibility. This second PACE seminar will feature the results of their statewide survey of district chief financial officers and their analysis of statewide expenditure data. To what extent were Tier 3 dollars swept into district general funds? Which programs were hit hardest as re-allocations occurred? Did district leaders share fiscal flexibility with their principals during tough budget times? How did a district’s fiscal health condition their decisions? These are the questions addressed by the research team’s final report at the end of their two-year study.

Deregulating School Aid in California: How Districts Responded to Flexibility in Tier 3 Categorical Funds in 2010–2011
Deregulating School Aid in California: Revenues and Expenditures in the Second Year of Categorical Flexibility

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