While individual Inyo County school districts were “held harmless” with the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula – that is, no one lost income – no district came out in the winners’ column with a windfall of new income. However, county students will be on the receiving end, if indirectly, of additional funding to the Inyo County Office of the Superintendent of Schools to the tune of $680,825 from the LCFF.
County Superintendent Terry McAteer presented his board of trustees with an amended 2013-14 budget reflecting the added income and what projects and programs will benefit. In addition to the increase in state funding, the ICSOS will see a bump of $191,135 in income generated by providing business services to the 23 charter schools operating in partnership with Inyo in urban areas in Southern and Central California.
As McAteer described the funding conundrum, Inyo County school “kids aren’t poor enough and too many speak English.” The LCFF provides supplemental additional grants to districts in direct proportion to the percentages of students eligible for free meals and those classified as English Learners. Those grants are the reason the county’s charter school funding has been increased. According to McAteer, the business service fees generated by the charters has put $1.5 million back into county school projects each year.
Read more in the Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.