By Barbara Jones, dailynews.com | http://bit.ly/AhBdua
2/23/2012 1:17:59 PM PST :: Los Angeles Unified is among 127 districts in California that are at risk of financial jeopardy, according to a report released Thursday by the state.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said nearly 2 million public school students - one-third of the state's enrollment - attend a campus facing serious financial challenges.
Seven districts, including Inglewood Unified in Los Angeles County, received a negative certification, meaning they cannot meet their financial obligations for the current or upcoming school years. This means the districts' local county office of education may intervene.
An additional 120 districts received a qualified certification, indicating the may not be able to balance their budgets through the 2013-14 school years. This certification allows the local county office of education to provide assistance.
Those districts include LAUSD, with a budget of nearly $6 billion; Antelope Valley Union High School District, with a budget of $227.5 million; and Saugus Union District, with an $84.2 million budget.
Oak Park Unified, in Ventura County, is having trouble meeting its $30 million budget, according to the state.
"The financial emergency facing our schools remains both wide and deep," Torlakson said, in releasing the state's First Interim Status Report for fiscal 2011-12. "The deep cuts made to school funding - and looming uncertainties about the future - are driving school districts
to the brink of insolvency. Plain and simple, our schools need new revenues to get back on solid financial ground."
The California Department of Education receives interim status reports twice a year on the financial status of the state's 1,037 local educational agencies.
In December, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy reported that the district had deficit of $532 million for the 2012-13 school year needed an infusion of new revenue or cuts to some of its most popular programs in order to close the gap.
The deficit has since climbed to about $550 million.
District officials are scrambling to determine which programs to trim or eliminate, with a vote scheduled for March 13. In addition, the school board has authorized placing a parcel tax of nearly $300 annually on an upcoming ballot.
California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr12/yr12rel16.asp)
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February 23, 2012
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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson: One Student in
Three Attends a School District in Financial Jeopardy
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson warned today that the latest review of school district budgets shows that one-third of public school students in California attend a district in financial jeopardy.
The state's First Interim Status Report for fiscal year 2011-12 indicates that 127 districts are either in negative or qualified financial status, totaling 17 more than at this point last year. Combined, nearly 2 million students attend school in a district with serious financial challenges.
"The financial emergency facing our schools remains both wide and deep," Torlakson said. "The deep cuts made to school funding—and looming uncertainties about the future—are driving school districts to the brink of insolvency. Plain and simple, our schools need new revenues to get back on solid financial ground."
The California Department of Education semiannually receives Interim Status Reports on the financial status of the state's 1,037 local educational agencies (LEA), comprised of school districts, county offices of education, and joint powers agencies. The certifications are classified as positive, qualified, or negative. The new report shows seven districts in negative certification and 120 as qualified.
A negative certification—the most serious of the classifications—is assigned when a district will be unable to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the current year or for the subsequent fiscal year. This certification means the LEA's county office of education may intervene in the LEA's finances.
A qualified certification is assigned when the district may not meet its financial obligations for the current or two subsequent fiscal years. This certification allows the LEA's county office of education to provide assistance to the LEA.
A positive certification is assigned when the district will meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years.
The number of districts in qualified or negative status declined slightly from last June when the Second Interim Status Report for FY 2010-11 was issued, but overall remain at historic highs. As late as 2006-07, only 22 districts were in negative or qualified status at any time during the fiscal year.
This new list is a compilation of the certifications of First Interim Status Reports by LEAs that were due December 15, 2011, and cover the financial and budgetary status of the districts for the period ending October 31, 2011. The certifications reflect whether the LEA is able to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the current fiscal year and subsequent two fiscal years, based on projections at that point in time.
These certifications predate the Governor's budget proposal in January. Because these Interim Status Reports are snapshots in time, the LEAs' financial status may have changed since these certifications were collected.
For more information and a list of LEAs on the first Interim Status Report, please visit the Interim Status - Fiscal Status.
- School Financial Emergency - Reports to the education community and the public on the impact of California's state budget crisis on education funding.
List of Negative and Qualified Certifications
Local Educational Agencies
2011-12 First Interim Report
A negative certification is assigned to a local educational agency when it is determined that, based upon current projections, the local educational agency will not meet its financial obligations for fiscal year 2011-12 or 2012-13.
Local Educational Agency
Total Budget ($) in millions
|2||Los Angeles||Inglewood Unified||103.6|
|3||Monterey||South Monterey County Joint Union High||18.5|
|4||San Luis Obispo||Paso Robles Joint Unified||55.0|
|6||Solano||Vallejo City Unified||135.2|
|Sonoma||Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified||45.9|
A qualified certification is assigned to a local educational agency when it is determined that, based upon current projections, the local educational agency may not meet its financial obligations for fiscal year 2011-12, 2012-13, or 2013-14.
Local Educational Agency
Total Budget ($) in millions
|4||Amador||Amador County Office of Education||9.0|
|5||Amador||Amador County Unified||28.7|
|6||Contra Costa||John Swett Unified||14.3|
|7||Contra Costa||Mt. Diablo Unified||292.9|
|8||El Dorado||Black Oak Mine Unified||12.6|
|9||Fresno||Orange Center (Elementary)||2.6|
|10||Humboldt||Eureka City Schools (Unified)||35.4|
|11||Humboldt||Loleta Union Elementary||0.9|
|12||Humboldt||Scotia Union Elementary||1.8|
|13||Humboldt||South Bay Union Elementary||4.0|
|14||Imperial||El Centro Elementary||39.7|
|16||Kern||Caliente Union Elementary||0.8|
|17||Kern||El Tejon Unified||8.6|
|18||Kern||Muroc Joint Unified||18.2|
|19||Kern||Panama-Buena Vista Union||125.0|
|20||Kern||Taft City (Elementary)||18.8|
|24||Lassen||Shaffer Union Elementary||1.8|
|25||Los Angeles||Antelope Valley Union High||227.5|
|26||Los Angeles||Bassett Unified||41.8|
|27||Los Angeles||Compton Unified||248.3|
|28||Los Angeles||Eastside Union Elementary||26.4|
|29||Los Angeles||El Rancho Unified||89.8|
|30||Los Angeles||Hawthorne (Elementary)||70.8|
|31||Los Angeles||Los Angeles Unified||5992.4|
|32||Los Angeles||Montebello Unified||266.3|
|33||Los Angeles||Norwalk-La Mirada Unified||176.6|
|34||Los Angeles||Pomona Unified||256.1|
|35||Los Angeles||Saugus Union (Elementary)||84.2|
|36||Mariposa||Mariposa County Unified||17.7|
|37||Merced||Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified||21.5|
|40||Mendocino||Round Valley Unified||5.7|
|42||Nevada||Nevada City Elementary||7.9|
|43||Nevada||Union Hill Elementary||4.5|
|44||Orange||Anaheim City (Elementary)||163.8|
|48||Orange||Fullerton Joint Union High||137.2|
|49||Orange||Garden Grove Unified||459.8|
|50||Orange||La Habra City Elementary||42.4|
|51||Orange||Santa Ana Unified||515.8|
|53||Placer||Auburn Union Elementary||14.3|
|54||Placer||Placer Hills Union Elementary||5.7|
|58||Riverside||Coachella Valley Unified||174.1|
|59||Riverside||Desert Sands Unified||236.7|
|61||Riverside||Nuview Union (Elementary)||12.7|
|62||Riverside||Palo Verde Unified||30.1|
|63||Riverside||Perris Union High||81.0|
|65||Sacramento||Center Joint Unified||35.1|
|66||Sacramento||Elk Grove Unified||471.4|
|68||Sacramento||Galt Joint Union High||18.9|
|70||Sacramento||Sacramento City Unified||415.7|
|71||Sacramento||San Juan Unified||342.7|
|72||Sacramento||Twin Rivers Unified||260.3|
|73||San Benito||Hollister (Elementary)||41.6|
|74||San Bernardino||Bear Valley Unified||21.7|
|75||San Bernardino||Chino Valley Unified||227.9|
|76||San Bernardino||Colton Joint Unified||183.5|
|77||San Bernardino||Mountain View Elementary||17.4|
|78||San Bernardino||Trona Joint Unified||5.4|
|79||San Bernardino||Victor Elementary||72.4|
|80||San Bernardino||Victor Valley Union High||89.6|
|81||San Bernardino||Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified||71.4|
|82||San Diego||Borrego Springs Unified||5.4|
|83||San Diego||Carlsbad Unified||83.1|
|84||San Diego||Fallbrook Union High||27.1|
|85||San Diego||Grossmont Union High||185.5|
|86||San Diego||National Elementary||52.0|
|87||San Diego||Ramona City Unified||53.2|
|88||San Diego||San Marcos Unified||145.7|
|89||San Luis Obispo||Atascadero Unified||38.5|
|90||San Luis Obispo||Lucia Mar Unified||83.4|
|91||San Luis Obispo||San Miguel Joint Union (Elementary)||5.4|
|92||San Luis Obispo||Shandon Joint Unified||3.6|
|93||Santa Barbara||Buellton Union Elementary||3.9|
|94||Santa Clara||Alum Rock Union Elementary||110.3|
|95||Santa Clara||Gilroy Unified||84.6|
|96||Santa Cruz||Pajaro Valley Unified||88.1|
|97||Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz City Elementary||42.6|
|98||Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz City High||*|
|99||Shasta||Anderson Union High||16.9|
|100||Shasta||Cascade Union Elementary||12.1|
|101||Shasta||Cottonwood Union Elementary||7.7|
|102||Shasta||Oak Run Elementary||0.4|
|103||Shasta||Pacheco Union Elementary||4.7|
|108||Sonoma||Sebastopol Union Elementary||5.5|
|109||Sonoma||West Sonoma County Union High||21.7|
|111||Stanislaus||Knights Ferry Elementary||1.2|
|112||Stanislaus||La Grange Elementary||0.3|
|113||Stanislaus||Modesto City Elementary||264.7|
|114||Stanislaus||Modesto City High||*|
|117||Tehama||Red Bluff Union Elementary||16.0|
|118||Tulare||Hot Springs Elementary||0.5|
|119||Ventura||Oak Park Unified||30.0|
|120||Yuba||Wheatland Union High||6.1|
* Santa Cruz City Elementary and Santa Cruz City High School Districts are two districts with joint administration and fiscal reporting. Modesto City Elementary and Modesto City High are two districts with joint administration and fiscal reporting. The amount shown in the column is the combined budget.