Board Meeting Agenda Item #13 page 183

Board Audio at 117:55



at 118:00 Dawn Urbanek

Estimate: Common Core Implementation to Cost California $9.2 billion and the Nation $80 Billion
CUSD has had flat funding of less than $8,300 for 14 years straight - where is the funding for recurring technology spending going to come from? Many Districts are using Prop 39 Bond funds to implement Common Core. Orange County dodged a bullet by rejecting CUSD's Measure M $889 million dollar school facilities bond.

There are a lot of districts across the US dropping out of Common Core implementation simply because of the cost. Where is CUSD getting the money?

What now? Another Prop 39 Bond without assurances of how the money will be spent? Technology does not last for 35 years.


at 119:21 No Trustee comments.


at 119:28 Motion to approve agenda Item #13 by Trustee Jones second by Trustee Reardon

6-0-1 (Trustee Hatton-Hodson is absent)


Additional Background Information

Staff did not identify any costs associated with this item. 

CUSD is spending millions on Technology and Professional Development to implement the Common Core. Much of that has been paid for with grant funding from the State and the Federal Government which is now starting to dry up. That is why many Districts across the State are passing school facilities bonds to help pay for one-time transition costs and investments. But, where is the money going to come from to pay for the recurring expenses? Under the state's Local Control Funding Formula CUSD will have had flat funding of under $8,300.00 for 14 years by 2021. The recurring cost of technology is unsustainable without new revenue streams. CUSD already fundraises for core educational programs. Where will these continued new and growing revenue streams come from?

The National cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core - Pioneer Institute Public Policy Research 

Estimate: Common Core Implementation to Cost California $9.2 billion and the Nation $80 Billion

The National Conference of State Legislators : Costs Associated with the Common Core State Standards 

Two Cost Categories
Implementation of new standards and assessments broadly fit into two categories:
1. One-time (or upfront) transition costs and investments
• Examples of one-time costs include:
► New instructional materials aligned to new standards,
► Professional development for educators' transition to new standards, and
► New assessments to test students' proficiency against the new standards, including procuring and/or updating the technological infrastructure to administer the assessment instrument.
• Depending on the state, upfront costs are borne between states and school districts.
• One-time costs do not occur in one fiscal year alone but rather over the course of the implementation period (i.e., over multiple fiscal years).
2. Recurring costs and investments
• For recurring costs related specifically to the Common Core State Standards, these costs will be folded back into preexisting state and district annual expenditures related to state standards and assessments; as mentioned above, through cross-state and -district collaboration, opportunities to enjoy economies of scale may lower current recurring costs associated with implementing stateside standards.
• Recurring costs include:

► Maintenance and repair of assessment medium,
► Technological obsolescence,
► Updating instructional materials, and
► Ongoing professional development.