Friday, August 22, 2014


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20 August, 2014  ::  The Los Angeles County Office of Education is questioning the L.A. Unified school district's report on how it plans to spend new state funds targeted at disadvantaged youth - asking whether administrators are accurately accounting for past expenses.

"The district asserts $700 million dollars in 2013-2014 expenditures spent to serve and support low-income, foster youth and English learner (unduplicated count) pupils," wrote Marlene Dunn, Interim Chief Financial Officer for the county office, in an Aug. 13 letter to school board president Richard Vladovic. "We request the district provide rationale that supports the identification of these expenditures."

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The district has until the end of the month to respond, and the county's concerns could result in budget revisions for the current school year.

School board member Steve Zimmer said if the county's concerns put the budget at risk, the the school board will take it up its public meeting next week. So far, there are no plans to do so.

“I’m concerned about it," Zimmer said. "I’m not alarmed yet."

California law requires county offices of education to oversee the Local Control and Accountability Plans for each school district. In them, superintendents outline how they'll spend extra state funds to help disadvantaged students - and their goals. 

The district's budget for the new year that started this month is $7.3 billion - of which at least $837 million must be spent on foster, low-income and English learner students.


2cents small School board member Steve Zimmer should be alarmed, the allegation is that LAUSD is conflating  low income/ELL/foster special needs children with special ed children, There was no legislative intent in the Local Control Funding Formula to fund special ed.  No other school district in California spent their LCFF money this way.

The questions are not about this year’s budget, it’s about last year’s expenditures.

This may be money that may need to be paid back.

There were accusations that Santa Monica/Malibu USD played fast-and-loose with special ed when John Deasy was superintendent there and SMMUSD had difficulty extricating itself from that mess after he left.

And - at the risk of stating the obvious and pretending it’s news: California law requires county offices of education to oversee the budgeting and expenditure of every dime spent by each school district!

1 comment:

george1la said...

The problem is with LCFF and its basis that the County Offices of Education can take care of what they used to have to do and with that of CDE also now. LCFF is just a more twisted catagorical process with absolutely no real accountability. LACOE has proven for years that they do not care if students come to school in the 88 districts in L.A. or if they are going bankrupt. Go look at Inglewood on the CDE website. The state monitor has put it into debt. Is that those students and parents responsibility? How did it get this far? How about the pay of Fernandez formally superintendent of Centinela High School District of about $1 million/year and fringies? So LACOE and Cal Pers try to extricate themselves by publishing they were cleaning up the Fernandez mess and that worked for 12 hours until that nights Centinela Board Meeting when I told the press and public that LACOE knew all the time as they have approved all these budgets and Cal Pers knew as they accepted the payments based on the income he had. All the next day KFI and Channel 5 ran that and the next thing you know LAUSD does not get its budget approved. Are they linked? I do not know for sure but it works out in time. They should have fear and all those backers of LCFF who have blinders on and have not read the law.

When LAUSD had 62 of its top ding dongs there to supposedly train 58 parents I asked the question "Have any of you ever read the original legislation?" The only hands that went up were mine and Yolande Beckles. Not even Deasy's #1 guy promoting and making it happen had done so. Would you trust someone who did not know and only went by power points and what some hustler told them?

This is reality. Joke time.