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State Will Help Schools With Funding Loss Due To Wildfires

Two subcommittees in the State Legislature have approved more funding for schools affected by the Camp Fire. The Assembly Subcommittee on Education Finance and the Senate Subcommittee on Education approved a provision in the Governor’s revised budget that ensures school districts and charter schools that experienced attendance losses won’t lose associated funding for at least three fiscal years. The local control funding formula provides a base amount of funding tied to each district’s average daily attendance. Therefore, if students are temporarily displaced due to a fire, it could have huge financial implications for a school district. The budget language approved by the subcommittee will provide a financial buffer for schools, including local charter schools, which experienced attendance loss due to the fire. Without this backfill, impacted school districts could have lost anywhere between $3.9 and $11.8 Million in the 2019-20 school year and between $12.2 and $36.5 Million in the 2020-21 school year.