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NJUHSD Supe Says State Budget Boost Inadequate

Negotiations for a new state budget continue in Sacramento this week. And the superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District says he’s seen only modest funding improvements for the smaller and rural districts, like the ones here. But Brett McFadden says he wasn’t expecting much fundamental change from Governor Newsom’s plan from the versions approved recently by the Assembly and State Senate. That includes too many new programs with one-time funding, posing serious sustainability concerns…

click to listen to Brett McFadden

McFadden says local control of state funding has also eroded significantly, under the Newsom regime. He says a large share of new funding is obligated to new categorical programs that are not readily and equitably available at all school districts…

click to listen to Brett McFadden

McFadden also says because they lack the infrastructure or the student population mandated by Newsom’s new categorical programs, over a-third of all school districts may not even be able to apply to participate.

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