According to the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers, public preschools suffered enrollment and funding declines during the pandemic, with nearly 300,000 less children in 2020-2021 than in the previous year. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and intensified issues of access to high-quality early childhood education, leading to sharp declines in enrollment and state…

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The next priority funding filing period for the School Facility Program (SFP) began May 11, 2022, and the 30-day window closes on June 9, 2022. The priority funding process was created to allow projects to receive apportionment with accelerated timelines. Any requests for funding received during this period will be valid from July 1, 2022,…

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Christopher Schiermeyer and Mark Becker in EdSource, May 12, 2022. Gov. Newsom’s May budget revision and state’s projected $68 billion surplus present a historic opportunity to tackle disparities in education while helping children and youth recover academically and emotionally from the Covid-19 pandemic. We should start by ensuring all California students have transportation to get…

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By Nerissa Pospychala, EH&A/MGT Associate Recently the State Allocation Board (SAB) approved the changes to the Facility Inspection Tool (FIT) as proposed by the Office of Public School Construction. The proposed changes arose from a series of public stakeholder meetings and included consideration of the Association of Physical Plant Administrator’s Operational Guidelines for Educational Facilities….

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By Tina Cullors, EH&A/MGT Associate   The California School Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE) supplies funding to upgrade heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems in public schools and replaces noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances that do not meet water efficiency standards. The deadlines to send applications for Funding Round Two of the…

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Robert Manwaring is senior policy and fiscal adviser for education at Children Now, a nonprofit that seeks to break down barriers that stand in the way of children’s health and education. EdSource, March 22, 2022.   Why do California schools have more money than ever, yet districts across the state are considering staff layoffs? This…

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At the State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting on March 23, 2022, the Office of Public School Construction Staff (OPSC) noted that it anticipates receiving proceeds from the latest state bond sale issued by the California State Treasurer’s Office (Treasurer). The OPSC anticipates presenting projects on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans), including projects…

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