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LAUSD Budget forecast is getting brighter

Students leaving Loyola Village Elementary School by bus.
Students leaving Loyola Village Elementary School by bus.
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LA Unified’s Budget, Facilities and Audit Committee is convening Tuesday morning. The proposed agenda shows financial improvement at the district after five years of devastating cuts — due to a boost from Prop. 30 funds.
According to the district, the Governor’s proposed budget would provide $1.6 billion to begin implementation of a new funding model that benefits district with large numbers of poor and English-learning students, like LAUSD. L.A. Unified is also expecting the state to pay the district $1.8 billion in "deferrals" — money it already owed the district from past budgets. It also stands to gain $400.5 million in Prop 39 energy efficiency projects 

However, LAUSD funding won’t get back to 2007-08 levels until the start of the 2014-2015 school year. And, despite revenues generated by Prop 30, the impact of the federal sequester remains an issue.

Another bright spot: the partnership between LAUSD and FilmLA, a nonprofit group that coordinates filming permits, has expanded to inlcude 347 “film friendly” schools which are available for filming. The project brought in more than $1.9 million last fiscal year.

Anyone who would like to address the district's Budget, Facilities and Audit Committee can sign up for public comment during the meeting. It will be held at district headquarters, 333 South Beaudry Ave., at 10 a.m.

The next meeting of the school board will be on March 19.