Community Schools Gaining Traction Under State’s New Funding Formula

Efforts to create full-service community schools that focus on serving the “whole child” with a wide array of services are gaining traction under the state’s new funding formula for schools. The convergence of more money for low-income students and a new mandate to work with families under the Local Control Funding Formula has created “a unique point of time” for community schools to...

Advocates: Start Spending New Money Now on High Needs Students

Two dozen organizations advocating for disadvantaged students wrote county and school district superintendents and charter school administrators Wednesday, reminding them that the new funding formula directing more money to low-income kids and English learners is now the law even though the initial regulations for the system are months away. The message: Start spending money on your high-needs...

First Focus Releases Children’s Budget 2013, Including Detailed Analysis of Recent Federal Health and Education Spending Initiatives

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, released their Children's Budget 2013 today. The Children's Budget is an annual report which details the scope of federal investment in our nation's children. More than 180 distinct federal investments which impact children are made every year; these...

School-Based Medicaid Perspective on California’s 2013-14 Budget

California’s 2013-14 budget bill and related legislation was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on June 27, 2013. The spending plan maintains a $1.1 billion reserve while detailing $96.3 billion in General Fund expenditures and total state spending of $145.3 billion. While the budget does not include any provisions that directly impact California’s school Medi-Cal Administrative...

Brown Approves Budget Plan, Medi-Cal Expansion Legislation

On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a $96.3 billion fiscal year 2013-2014 state budget plan (AB 110) and legislation (AB X1-1) to expand Medi-Cal to more than 1.4 million state residents under the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles Times reports (Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 6/27). Read the full California Healthline article... Read the enacted 2013-14 California Budget...

Governor Releases May Revision: Signals Progress on Medi-Cal Expansion, Commitment to School Finance Proposal, and Weakened Fiscal Outlook

The California Budget Project (CBP) released its analysis of the Governor's May Revise of the proposed 2013-14 California state budget, released on May 14, 2013. "On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision to his 2013-14 budget proposal. This May Revision improves on the Governor's January budget proposal in some important ways, but also underscores key challenges still facing...

California 2012-13 State Budget

The Enacted Budget Summary reflects the state spending plan passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, and includes veto messages. View the 2012-13 full California Budget summary... Visit the California Department of Finance website for additional budget details...

Schools Featured in California’s Plan for Expanded Outreach and Enrollment Efforts Under Health Reform

[Updated, 07-02-12] California's Health Benefit Exchange Board (HBEX), an independent public agency tasked with preparing and implementing health reform throughout the state, recently released their draft, "Statewide Marketing, Outreach & Education and Assisters Program Workplan for the California Health Benefits Marketplace." Schools are highlighted in the draft planas a main access point for...

First Focus Analyzes the 2013 House Budget Plan in the Context of Children’s Health

The House budget plan, which has little chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate, is generally regarded as a symbolic response to the plan put forth by President Obama in February. Advocates for children's health and low income or uninsured populations will recognize several components of the House plan, including converting Medicaid into a block grant, from last year's unsuccessful...

President Releases Proposed 2013 Federal Budget

On February 13, 2012, President Obama released his administration's federal budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012–2013. Of interest to those involved in school health care is an overall increase in Medicaid spending, with funds directed toward increasing coordination of care and provider oversight. The President also reported that his administration will not support transforming Medicaid into...