Governor Brown Signs SB 81, Sparing School-to-Home Transportation for Regular and Special Education Students from a $248 Million Midyear Cut

California school-to-home transportation funding was spared a scheduled $248 million midyear cut, which would have disproportionately affected school districts, on Friday, February 10, with the signing of SB 81. Under this law midyear cuts will be evenly made to funds for all California school districts through a general-purpose revenue limit reduction.

On February 10, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 81 into law, sparing school districts the midyear school-to-home transportation cuts set to be triggered automatically in response to lower-than-projected state revenues in 2011–2012. The Sacramento Bee estimates that the revenue limit reduction should result in a decrease of funding to districts of roughly $42 per student, as opposed to a decrease in as much as $1,000 per student in some rural districts had the automatic cut to school-to-home transportation gone unmitigated.

As a reminder, Local Educational Agency (LEA) billing reimbursements may be used to supplement services for school children and their families who are impacted by the reduction in the revenue limit as long as the reimbursements have been approved by an LEA’s Medi-Cal collaborative committee. These services may include, but are not limited to, regular and special education transportation, health care and nutrition services, and academic support services.

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  1. SB 81 as enrolled and signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on 02/10/2012
  2. Jerry Brown, lawmakers back bill protecting school bus money, Sacramento Bee 01/31/2012