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Charter Currents: Coronavirus Update #6: Legislature Enacts Emergency School Funding Legislation, then Leaves Town

Published March 17, 2020 14:26

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, the California Legislature passed SB 117, emergency legislation to implement Governor Newsom’s executive order (N-26-20) regarding school funding and related topics during the Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) crisis. The bill was enacted in great haste with virtually no public discussion and includes the following key features with respect to schools that close due to COVID-19 and generally comply with the following:

  • Shifts the usual “P-2” attendance reporting cut-off date from mid-April to the end of February for schools that closed due to COVID-19 and that comply with the terms of the executive order. This has the effect of using school attendance data through February as a proxy for what the usual P-2 figure would have been and generally should hold closed schools harmless from reductions in attendance from March 1, 2020 onward.  
  • Declares legislative intent that schools funded under this revised methodology “ensure that the local education agency’s employees and contractors are compensated and paid during the period of time a school is closed...as reasonably anticipated if the school had not been closed due to COVID 19.”

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