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Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

10 Facts about OUSD's Budget:
#1- In 2013/14, the OUSD board depleted the reserve by 1% to pay its bills, taking the reserve to 2%- the state required amount and giving the district no room for spending error. Those funds were never replaced.
#2- Special Education Services in OUSD have been almost $14 million over budget for the last three years in a row.
#3- OUSD Food services have been over budget by about 4 million over the same time period.
#4- The board, nor the state trustee, or the Alameda county office prioritized or authorized replenishing the reserve when increased funding came in through LCFF.
#5 - New programs created to support underresourced schools during lcff cannot be supported in their current form and have suffered severe cuts.
#6 - Retirement benefits have increased about $25 million over the last three years and will increase 15 to 20 million over the next four years.
#7 - The State charges OUSD $6 million/ year to pay back a state loan taken out during state receivership. This loan still has about a 30 million dollar balance.
#8 - The board must cut expenditures and close the books with a positive fund balance. If the board does not, it will be taken over by the state.
#9 - Charter schools do not have to cut any money from their budgets to support these reductions.
#10 - In Oakland we are fighting over crumbs to educate our children. California is funded at about half the per student rate of some of the high performing states in the US.

Posted by john howard on 11/28/2017 at 6:13 PM

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