Capo Unified Advocates asks the state to increase base funding for students

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By Collin Breaux

Capistrano Unified School District officials and staff believe CUSD is underfunded under the current state education funding formula and raise awareness of a campaign called Raise the Base that supports increasing the dollar amount donated per student.

The CUSD Board of Directors approved a resolution presented at a monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, directing Superintendent Kirsten Vital Brulte to communicate the Raise the Base message to the public and encouraging parent and community support to the California Assembly Bill 1614, which also supports more core funding for education.

AB 1614, introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was introduced in January of this year and aims to increase basic state grants “to achieve specified educational goals. according to the wording of the bill.

The bill was last referred to an education committee on Tuesday, April 19, but otherwise has made little headway.

The majority of education funding for California school districts comes from the state under a formula introduced in 2013 called the Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, for short.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, a base amount of funding is provided based on a district’s average daily attendance, with additional funding then provided to students in need such as the economically disadvantaged, learners from English or young people in host families.

In a recent interview with San Clemente HoursCUSD spokesman Ryan Burris said CUSD has been underfunded for years compared to neighboring districts, such as the Santa Ana Unified School District, due to the relatively lower number of title students. I of the CUSD.

Title I is an educational term for disadvantaged or low-achieving students.

State funding per student in California is about $8,017 per K-12 student per year, according to the Education Data Initiative. Federal funding is $1,149 per student, while local funding contributes $5,158 per student.

Raise the Base supports grassroots fundraising for all students in California, not just CUSD.

“We are excited to present this resolution tonight so that we can use district email to spread the word about the importance of this campaign,” said Vital Brulte. “When the LCFF first came along, the LCFF – while a very good policy to understand the idea that some children cost more – the State of California fought and fought to s to ensure that every child costs something.”

“Rather than really focusing on that base grant first and then adding additional focus funds, the state redivided the money and districts like Capistrano Unified School District lost funds,” she added.

The campaign supports rectifying the base grant so that all California children get “what they need — public education” — while continuing the supplemental and focus grants, Vital Brulte said.

“We recognize and support that some children need extra support – English learners, young people in foster care – but we want to make sure all children get what they need,” said Vital Brulte.

The district in its resolution noted that increasing base funding would not raise taxes.

Michele Ploessel-Campbell, executive vice president of the Parent Teacher Student Association Council of CUSD, said the increase in base funding “will have a tremendous positive impact on all students in California’s public schools and, in particular, on Capistrano Unified students”.

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other southern Orange County news as editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

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