Record Number of California Public Schools in Financial Jeopardy

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(Best Syndication News) - Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today that 188 local educational agencies (LEAs) are in financial jeopardy. The problem involves around 2.6 million children, who attend schools throughout the state. LEAs consist of school districts, county offices of education, and joint powers agencies.

"This is the kind of record no one wants to set. Across California, parents, teachers, and administrators are increasingly wondering how to keep their schools' lights on, their bills paid, and their doors open," Torlakson said in a statement. "The deep cuts this budget crisis has forced—and the uncertainties about what lies ahead—are taking an unprecedented and unacceptable toll on our schools."

Out of the 188 LEAs, 176 have received a qualified certification, while 12 LEAs have a negative certification. A positive certification means that the LEAs have enough money to fund, at minimum, the next two fiscal years. A qualified certification means that the LEAs don't have enough ability to meet financial obligations for the next two years. A negative certification is assigned when the LEAs are not able to meet their current year or the following year's financial obligations.

The qualified LEAs will allow for the appropriate county office of education to help work out a solution for the district. The negative rated LEAs will have the LEA’s county office of education become involved in developing a district fiscal recovery plan, and may also not allow certain expenses.

Because of the timing of the Governor's May budget, the LEAs status may have changed since the compilation of the most recent list.

In San Bernardino County the following school districts are rated as qualified. Adelanto Elementary, Baker Valley Unified, Barstow Unified, Bear Valley Unified, Chino Valley Unified, Colton Joint Unified, Fontana Unified, Lucerne Valley Unified, Mountain View Elementary, Rim of the World Unified, Upland Unified, Victor Elementary, and Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified. No schools in San Bernardino County were on the negative certification list.

A complete list of schools and their certification rating is available online at Second Interim Status Report 2011-2012.

By: Nancy Connors

ref: CDE

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