How a District "CHOOSES" to spend it's money is a reflection of the District's real priorities.
92% of CUSD's budget goes to employee compensation.
CUSD relies on fundraising and donations (one time monies) to pay for ongoing programs. Gift monies are suppose to pay for "enrichment" beyond "core" educational programs. At CUSD parents fundraise for Art- Music- Science and PE.
TOTAL GENERAL FUND MONEY $3,512,892
CUSD General Fund Money from the State $2,896,122 (66% is in legal fees)
Taxpayer Funds (fundraising and grant money) $616,770 (money taken out of the local economy for a service we have already paid for. This is one reason why CUSD can afford to give employes 92% of their budget)
IS CUSD TRULY FISCALLY SOLVENT? Yes because they are able to move fund balances around. See: CUSDWatch: Hidden Money
This is how CUSD will spend it's General Fund dollars at their Wednesday July 17, 2019 Board Meeting.
Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud and Romo
Harbottle Law Group
Best Best & Krieger, LLP
Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson
Terry Tao dba the Tao Firm
Fagen Friedman Fulfrost, LLP
Dannis Woliver Kelley
Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
This should come out of the Deferred Maintenance Fund
Hi-Tech- Security Camera
Prosurface - Tennis Courts
Revel Environmental Manufacturing -Clean Triton Storm Water Catch Basin
Elite Sheet Metal - Roofing
Public Private Partnerships with Lease Lease Back Arrangements
Government Financial Strategies
Classroom dollars should not be used for professional developement CUSD receives grant money for professional development. CUSD does so much PD that their teachers are "Chronically Absent".
Growing Educators, Incorporated
Delores B. Lindsey
Nasario Solis- Address Verification
This is another "Tax" for Education
Campco- After School Program
Rats at Journey School, Newhart MS and Niguel Hills MS
Animal Pest Management
Goodwill - Sign Language
Professional Tutors of America, Tutoring
HEARING AND VISION SCREENING
Bio-Acoustical - Hearing & Vison Screenings K,2,5 and 8
This is another "Tax" for Education
Meet the Masters - Art Program
Weekly Explorer - History Presentations
Lingo Train - Spanish Lessons
Pali Institute - Outdoor Science Program
Goodwill Industries of Orange County, California dba DEAFinitely Professional Interpreting Services
Provide sign language interpreting and related services for deaf and hard of hearing District students and parents of District students
DEAFinitely Professional Interpreting (DPI) Services provides interpreting services for organizations and businesses in the community. Interpreting services are provided to persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. DPI interpreters provide interpreting services for meetings and events, such as:
Employment Interviews, Orientations and Trainings
Location of Services
Interpreting services are provided at the site where the services are requested.
Hours of Operations
DPI is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for processing and scheduling requests. After hour requests will be addressed the following business day. Prearranged interpreting services are available 24/7. Services are provided at night and on major holidays at an increased rate.
DPI's interpreting services are typically reimbursed by the requesting party.
CUSD receives Grant money to fund professional development. ($5 million Teacher Effectiveness Grant) But every month CUSD spends the students "classroom money on Professional Development. CUSD does so much professional development that Teachers are effectively "Chronically Absent" from the classroom.
An August 14, 2017 Public Records Request revealed that CUSD does not track spending on Professional Development.
CUSD Spends more on Professional Development than they do on Books and Supplies for Students- and that is the one expense they do not track? Hummmmm????? How many days of school did your teacher miss to attended Professional Development meetings? Every Certificated Teacher gets a Mandatory 2 days. Some parents have told me that if their teacher is a “team leader” they have been out as many as 17 days. Every time a teacher is out of the classroom the district must pay for a substitute teach which is an added expense to the district and not as beneficial to students as their regular classroom teacher. We are effectively paying teachers not to teach.
LADERA RANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Hi Tech Protection Systems, Incorporated
Provide installation of monitor for camera system with 110 outlet
The Agreement does not identify which schools will receive this instruction.
Meet the Masters is usually paid for out of individual school site Gift Funds, not the General Fund. This looks like the District is purchasing curriculum and district staff will teach art at schools that can no longer to fundraise for a Meet the Masters Instructor to come into the school.
During the 2008 Great Recession, art and music were cut from district curriculums and have never been brought back. CUSD has relied on fundraising and donations for pay for art and music curriculums.
This data is from a January 27, 2016 Citizen's Presentation to the Capistrano Unified School Distrct demanding that the District fund an art and a music class for every student that was taught by a properly credentialed teatcher. That is still not happening in CUSD,and if this is taught by elementary clasroom teachers that are not credentialed in Art that also does not meet the law.
EDUCATION CODE 44257 HAS BEEN MODIFIED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019 BUT THE REQUIRMENT HAS REMAINED THE SAME.
Under the State of California's "Road to Recovery Plan" employee compensation was to be restored to 2007-08 levels by 2015 and then programs that were cut would be restored by 2021 if there were sufficient funds in the budget. The number 1 priority was adult jobs, not the education of students.
$2.5 billion would pay to fix and maintain all of CUSD's facilities and restore all cut programs. Parents fundraise for Art, Music, Science, PE and CUSD facilities have not been fixed or maintained for decades.
Here is Superintendent Kristen Vital telling the San Clemente PTA that without a bond there would be no money to fix and maintain CUSD schools.
THERE IS NO MONEY! [turn up the volume parts are hard to hear]
Approved Text Books and Core Curriculuar Materials
Books and Other Reference Materials
Materials and Supplies
California's public education system has gone through tremendous changes since 2010.
The "California Way" saw the implementation of:
LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula),
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act),
SBAC Testing, and
the journey to model California's K-12 system after the Canadian model of education put forth by Michael Fullan.
The Canadian model is founded on the following principles:
Differentiated learning does not matter-
Class size does not matter-
Professional development for staff and teachers is the single most important factor in student success.
Since 2012, CUSD staff has systematically eliminated Honors Classes, the GATE program and accelerated programming for high achieving students. 6th grade math placement has; by design, limited student access to higher math tracks. CUSD is now the only District in south Orange County that does not offer Geometry Honors classes for students.
CUSD has made curriculum choices that made it more difficult for students who were on a path to entering a 4-year selective college or university after high school, succeed. Unique to CUSD is requiring all students to take CCP and Health as a stand alone class required to graduate. This year long block prevented students from taking a class that would satisfy an a-g requirement. Students wishing to attend a four year selective college or University after high school were forced to take summer school two summers and/or zero periods in order to stay on track to complete their a-g course work. CCP and Health are CUSDs' largest credit recovery component.
The data now clearly shows that this is a failed approach to education. No matter how well trained an individual teacher may be, it is not possible for a single teacher to reach a class of 34+ students and meet the individual needs of students of differing abilities. The range of students encompasses "newcomers" who do not speak English and may not even be fluent or literate in their own language, special needs children who have been mainstreamed, to truly Gifted students and everything in between. When you add to that; the fact that there is so much emphasis on professional development, that teachers are chronically absent from their classrooms, you have students that are actually being held back and harmed by this flawed model for California's K-12 public education system.
The data shows that of the four levels of students measured by the SBAC:
"Standard Nearly Met", and
"Standard Not Met"
The ONLY group that performed well was the group of students that "Exceeded" the standard.
The group of students that "Met" the standard saw four straight years of across the board declines in academic performance which would evidence the fact that these students require differentiated learning to reach their academic potential.
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LAS PALMAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Provide physical education program for students at Las Palmas Elementary School
Provides funds to schools and districts that collaborate with community partners to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youths during nonschool hours.
Publicly funded expanded learning programs is a term used for programs that are funded by the state and federal government. These programs operate in title one schools (schools that have 40% or more of the schools population on free or reduced lunch) and have a minimum number of hours they must operate depending on the type of program (before school, after school, summer, intersession, etc.). These programs are exempt from the Title V regulations by statute. There are two types of publicly funded expanded learning programs:
To continue to find new revenue streams, broke school districts are now using surplus property to partner with developers to build high density / low income housing using a lease - lease back arangement. CUSD has three such projects in the works:
Dana Point Bus Yard
Camino Las Ramblas aka Pacifica San Juan
Paseo De Los Colinas
Teacher Unions are in support of this so that a certain percentage of the housing can be used to provide subsidise housing for district employees.