Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/8/2018 - 7:00 PM
Category: Recognitions and Resolutions
Type: Action
Subject: 9.1 Resolution No. 17/18-27: Resolution Recommending Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Join School Funding Coalition (SFC) Advocacy Efforts
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 1: All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable and high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and/or career.
Policy:
Enclosure:
File Attachment:
Resolution No. 17_18-27 Resolution Recommending Mt. Diablo Unified School District MDUSD Join School Funding Coalition SFC Advocacy Efforts.pdf
Summary: California is suffering greatly from decades of chronic underfunding of K-12 public schools, with California School Boards Association estimating a need for an additional $20 billion to $40 billion annually to bring us up to what they have determined to be considered adequate funding levels.

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education understands increased funding is required for recent state mandates on K-12 districts and employees to contribute to the state’s unfunded liability of PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) and STRS (the State Teachers Retirement System), a cost of nearly $6 billion more expected of districts to pay in 2020-2021 compared to 2013-2014 funding levels, with school districts currently still yet waiting on the promise to be funded at 2007-2008 funding levels in years ahead.

The Board similarly recognizes legislative advocacy and collective action are required to heighten public awareness to these problems and increase state contributions to California’s underfunded K-12 public education system so we can provide critical services to all of our students and also so we help ensure we can work to recruit and retain qualified employees required to serve them.

Staff asks the Board of Education to approve staff’s recommendation to join the School Funding Coalition (SFC) in order to have MDUSD benefit from collective action and legislative advocacy efforts organized by SFC to help boost the California LCFF base grant in order to help MDUSD provide for students, families, and staff in an era when the existing California state funding mechanism has been chronically underfunded and requires additional investment.
Funding: N/A
Fiscal Impact None.
Recommendation: Approve Resolution No. 17/18-27: Resolution Recommending Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Join School Funding Coalition (SFC) Advocacy Efforts.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Debbie Maher - Sr. Administrative Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Signed By:
Dr. Nellie Meyer - Superintendent
Vote Results:

New Motion
Member Cheryl Hansen Moved, Member Joanne Durkee seconded to approve the New motion 'Approve Resolution No. 17/18-27: Resolution Recommending Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Join School Funding Coalition (SFC) Advocacy Efforts.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 5 - 0
   
Linda Mayo     Yes
Joanne Durkee     Yes
Cheryl Hansen     Yes
Brian Lawrence     Yes
Debra Mason     Yes