Over 50 people gathered Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Immanuel Baptist Church to hear San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre speak for the Highland Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.
Alejandre talked about the growing collaboration between state agencies, school districts and local business partners to support education. He also updated folks on how the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is implemented in San Bernardino and Redlands.
The total revenue projected for San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) in the 2019-20 school year is $690,234,602.17, of which $555,199,273 is Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds. Other state funds total $74,455,173.71, $9,790,738.13 is local funds and $50,789,417.33 is federal funds. Of the $555,199,273 in LCFF Funds, $140,901,620 is generated based on the enrollment of high needs students (foster youth, English learner, and low-income students).
The LCFF gives school districts more flexibility in deciding how to use state funds. In exchange, school districts must work with parents, educators, students and the community to develop a LCAP that shows the state how they will use these funds to serve students.
Alejandre said about 20 percent of the money is distributed by demographics to areas with social-economically disadvantaged students. He says districts receive supplemental and concentration dollars “to ensure all students benefit from the needs that they have so that they can excel in their academics.”
SBCUSD has 49,454 students, with 90 percent being socioeconomically disadvantaged, 26 percent English language learners (ELL), 12 percent special education students, 8.9 percent homeless and 12.6 percent gifted and talented (GATE). The unduplicated count of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, English learners and foster youth is 91 percent.
The total revenue projected for Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) is $241,538,939, of which $200,911,149 is LCFF, $17,649,869 is other state funds, $12,990,352 is local funds, and $9,987,569 is federal funds. Of the $200,911,149 in LCFF Funds, $25,654,834 is generated based on the enrollment of high needs students (foster youth, English learner and low-income students). The total amount is tied to planned actions and services in the LCAP.
RUSD plans to spend $239,856,105 for the 2019-20 school year. Of that
amount, $155,344,665 is tied to actions/services in the LCAP and $84,511,440 is not included in the LCAP. The budgeted expenditures that are not included in the LCAP will be used for the following: Federal Resources (not special education), $5,235,531; state resources (not special education), $5,536,403; special education, $28,249,801; RRM Contribution, $7,197,095; STRS On-Behalf retirement benefits, $9,565,946; additional certificated payroll and benefits not in LCAP, $18,882,439; Department Budgets not included in above, $9,844,225.
The district serves 1,860 English learners.
These students represent 8.76 percent of the total enrollment.
Thirty-two separate languages comprise the home languages of these students. Of this number, 69.89 percent speak Spanish, 5.38 percent Arabic, 3.92 percent Indonesian, 3.60 percent Vietnamese, 2.04 percent Filipino, 1.77 percent Urdu, 1.13 percent Khmer-Cambodian, 1.56 percent Mandarin, 1.83 percent Korean and 1.24 percent Bengali.
Approximately 1,579 students 7.4 percent, participate in the district’s Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE).
The district consists of over 59.62 percent "unduplicated" students. Specifically, 8.84 percent of RUSD’s overall population consists of English learners, 59.41 percent low-income students and over 129 foster youth.
Alejandre also touched briefly on the state Dashboard program and that none of the districts covered by county schools were in the red (meaning that state standards were not met by a district). He said if any district did go into the red on the dashboard that district would be eligible for differentiate assistance from the county, which receives $4 million a year from the state to provide this assistance if needed in all districts. He said that every category on the state’s Dashboard addresses college and career readiness in the districts.
Alejandre also said, the county’s Vision2Read program, which promotes early literacy access for preschool students, has been successful in preparing children to be ready for reading.