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SB-3 Education finance: local control and accountability plan portal.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The California State Auditor found that the state’s approach to the local control funding formula has not ensured that funding benefits intended pupil groups and closes achievement gaps.
(b) The California State Auditor found that school districts do not always include clear information in their local control and accountability plans regarding their use of supplemental and concentration grant funds.
(c) The California State Auditor found that policymakers and stakeholders lack adequate information to assess the impact of supplemental and concentration grant funds on the educational outcomes of the intended pupil groups.
(d) The California system of support is focused on helping local educational agencies tap into rich resources so they can develop the skills and knowledge educators need to improve pupil learning. To better meet the needs of all pupils, particularly historically marginalized pupils, local educational agencies need support to share best practices to solve similar challenges.
(e) A system of local planning and accountability relies on local stakeholders having access to relevant, meaningful, and comparable information about goals, actions, services, expenditures, and outcomes.
(f) The State is providing almost $10 billion annually in supplemental and concentration grant funds without an understanding of how those funds are being used and if they are benefiting the targeted pupils.
(g) Chapter 24 of the Statutes of 2020 appropriated $450,000 to the State Department of Education, in partnership with the San Joaquin County Office of Education, for several projects to enhance information about education funding and outcomes, including collecting public input and beginning the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan Electronic Template System to collect data from local educational agencies’ local control and accountability plans in a systematic way.
(h) A well-designed local control and accountability plan portal would benefit the system of continuous improvement by allowing local educational agencies to learn about what types of actions other local educational agencies are implementing to address specific goals.
(i) A well-designed local control and accountability plan portal will provide information to local stakeholders about the use of supplemental and concentration grant funds.
(j) A well-designed local control and accountability plan portal will allow for state oversight of the use of supplemental and concentration grant funds, including oversight of any carryover funding.

SEC. 2.

 Section 42238.08 is added to the Education Code, to read:

42238.08.
 (a) (1) On or before January 1, 2022, the department shall develop a local control and accountability plan portal that contains a database connected to a data entry tool that will allow comprehensive analysis by policymakers of actions, expenditures, and progress on metrics included within local control and accountability plans adopted by local educational agencies.
(2) The design of the portal shall take into consideration the input provided during the public input process funded by Section 116 of Chapter 24 of the Statutes of 2020 and include opportunities to display or create reports based on information collected through the portal.
(3) The portal shall include a tracking mechanism for local educational agencies to use to report the types of services on which they spend their supplemental and concentration grant funds.
(b) Commencing July 1, 2022, as a condition of receiving local control funding formula supplemental and concentration grant funds, each local educational agency shall annually report to the department the types of services on which it spends its supplemental and concentration grant funds using the local control and accountability plan portal developed pursuant to subdivision (a).
(c) To the extent necessary to implement subdivision (b), the department shall make corresponding changes to the Local Control and Accountability Plan Electronic Template System to support the collection of data through the local control and accountability plan portal and shall work with stakeholders to develop a list of common uses of supplemental and concentration grant funds to help to simplify and standardize the reporting and tracking mechanism.
(d) For purposes of this section, “local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or a charter school.
SEC. 3.
  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.