Budgeting for Student Achievement Advisory Group

The Budgeting for Student Achievement Advisory Group is charged with helping District staff work through these challenges in order to achieve a more transparent budgeting process for our schools.

The next meeting will be on October 24, 2011. If you would like to attend this meeting, please send an email to Karin Kusuda: karin.kusuda@lausd.net

 

Meeting Summaries and Materials

June 2011
The final BSAAG meeting of the 2010-11 school year focused on policy, practitioners, and practices. Principals from 3 Budgeting for Student Achievement schools spoke about the achievements and challenges that they faced this year, and their personal strategies that they used to address the situations.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
Feedback questions – English
Feedback questions – Spanish

 

May 2011
The agenda for the May meeting focused on 3 topics; Budgeting for Student Achievement (BSA) implementation timeline, factors to consider when setting BSA policy, and BSA trainings. Advisory members provided thoughtful recommendations on equity-based allocations for school site funding. Additional suggestions were provided on BSA training topics, delivery, and content.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
Feedback questions – English
Feedback questions - Spanish

 

April 2011

The April meeting focused on two points of discussion about the budget. During the first half of the meeting, Advisory members listened to an update on the status of LAUSD’s budget deficit. Advisory members learned about factors impacting the budget, discussed the temporary tax extension, and asked for input on how to continue serving all students fairly during these tough economic times. In the second half of the meeting, Advisory members participated in a discussion on funding allocations to schools and adjustments that are made to school budgets. Advisory members reviewed the major line items that comprise the District’s unrestricted revenue and expenditures and listened to an explanation of the components that are listed in the Unrestricted Revenue and Expenditures report.

Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
Allocation Report Samples
Unrestricted Revenue Expenditures
LAUSD: The Reality of a Budget Crisis - English
LAUSD: La Realidad de un Presupuesto en Crisis - Spanish
View and download additional information on the budget crisis by visiting the Budget Toolkit webpage.

 

March 2011
What does equity and transparency look like? The Advisory Group reviewed the latest findings from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on trends in school site unrestricted expenditures across the district, in relation to student poverty. The group then looked the deficit and surplus dollar amounts that the Budgeting for Student Achievement initiative schools encumbered, provoking a thoughtfully driven conversation about ADA and salary. What strategies can we learn from these schools? Are there interventions that need to be tested? These questions set the stage for the importance of using data and practice to drive policy making.
Presentation – English 
Presentation – Spanish  

 

February 2011
Topics for the February meeting included the impact of the budget deficit on the District, this year's budget development timeline and an update on the recommendations that will be produced as a result of the Parent Engagement Task Force Subcommittees.
Per Pupil Funding model schools are encouraged to participate in the AmeriCorps LAUSD VISTA Community Partnership Program for the 2011-12 school  year.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish

 

 

 

January 2011
The January meeting was a joint meeting between the Advisory members and representatives from the Per Pupil Funding schools. Topics for this meeting included a presentation of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program application and the Resource Allocation Tool. The Resource Allocation Tool aligns the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) goals and student academic achievement priorities to guide school site budget development.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
Resource Allocation Tool

 

December 2010
The December meeting provided an opportunity for final review of the budget planning calendar as well as a demonstration of proposed budget tools for school sites.  We have posted a draft of the planning calendar for review.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
Planning Calendar

 

November 2010
The November meeting topics included the development of budgeting tools for school sites and the on-going development of a budget planning task calendar aligned to best-practices research and training.  A concept paper requesting VISTA resources was also briefly discussed.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
AmeriCorps VISTA Concept Paper

 

October 2010
The October meeting focused on a number of topics, including Best Practices research around high-functioning School Site Councils, an exercise focused on developing School Site Council training topics and calendar for delivery, and discussion of a program review.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish

 

September 2010
The September meeting focused on the School Conservation Project, an introduction to Instructional Program Reviews and an exercise focused on designing a year-long budget development calendar and requisite training for principals and School Site Council Members.
Presentation – English
Presentation – Spanish
School Conservation Project

 

August 2010
The August meeting focused on the renaming of the Initiative, identifying committees and examples of the work these committees may work on.
Presentation – English

 

June 2010
The June meeting focused on the work streams for the 2010-11 school year, a discussion of the proposed work in each stream, and expansion of the Group.
Agenda
Work Streams

 

May 2010 
The May meeting focused on proposed work streams for the 2010-11 school year to move the Transparent Budgeting Initiative forward. 
Agenda
Proposed Work Streams

 

April 2010
In April, the Transparent Budgeting Advisory Group members had the opportunity to review the 2010-11 allocation model for schools in the Transparent Budgeting Pilot.  The group also reviewed school budgeting models in other districts.  
Agenda
Allocation Model
School Budgeting Models

 

March 2010
During the March meeting of the Transparent Budgeting Advisory Group, members discussed the budgeting process from the perspective of the school site council. This discussion was framed by results from an informal written survey conducted by the Parent Community Services Branch during trainings in November 2009.
Agenda
Survey Results

 

February 2010
The February meeting began with a review of findings from principal focus groups and interviews. The goal of the interviews was to help develop a clear picture of LAUSD’s budgeting process from the perspective of school principals.  Also at the February meeting, Transparent Budgeting Advisory Group Chair Steve Jubb examined how culture shifts in large organizations and mapped the elements that need to be in place in order to foster a culture of efficacy and accountability.
Agenda
Presentation – English

 

January 2010
In January, Dr. Jay Chambers from the American Institutes for Research, an outside, grant-funded partner supporting the District's Transparent Budgeting Initiative, presented analysis of per pupil spending patterns at LAUSD schools.  Dr. Chambers also reviewed key considerations for implementing a student-based funding system based on his experience in studying and working with districts that have changed their funding systems. 
Agenda
Presentation – English

 

 

December 2009
At the December meeting the group discussed two different practices for budgeting positions at a school site – using a District-wide average salary rate or the actual salary of the employee in the position. 
Agenda
Presentation – English

 

November 2009
The November meeting began with a review of major revenue streams flowing into the District. The largest single source of revenue is the general purpose revenue, which the District receives on the basis of Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Staff presented data on how the District currently expends this revenue and the level of school site control over spending decisions. 
Agenda
Presentation – English

 

October 2009
The October meeting focused on the District’s current method for allocating General Fund, Unrestricted resources to schools using staffing formulas (norm tables).   Staff presented data on the real dollar value of the norm-based teacher, administrator, library, clerical, and custodial staffing allocations at each school.  Staff also compared the amount of funding that schools generate in General Fund, Unrestricted per pupil revenue to the real dollar value of their staffing allocations.
Agenda
Data on Real Dollar Value

 

September 2009
The Transparent Budgeting Advisory Group met for the first time on September 22, 2009.  The agenda included an overview of District goals around achieving a transparent budgeting process for LAUSD schools.
Agenda
District Goals

 

 

 

 

 

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BSAAG Presentation 06-20-2011 FINAL.pdf340.46 KB
Feedback Sheet FINAL.pdf286.5 KB
BSAAG Presentation 06-20-2011 Spanish FINAL.pdf661.11 KB
Feedback Sheet Spanish FINAL.pdf205.37 KB