Proposition 30 – The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 – approved by the voters on November 6, 2012, temporarily increased the state’s sales tax rate for all taxpayers and the personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers. A portion of the new revenues is earmarked to support increased school funding, with the remainder helping to balance the state budget.
The new revenues generated from Proposition 30 are deposited into a newly created ledger account called the Education Protection Account (EPA). Proposition 30 requires that the use of EPA funds be determined by the governing board at an open public meeting. EPA funds may not be used for administrative costs.
On November 19, 2015, the Novato Charter School Board of Trustees approved the actual use of EPA funds for FY2015 and the proposed use of EPA Funds for FY2016. Click below for details:
As part of the June 2015 budget, the state Legislature agreed to allocate a half billion dollars for a range of programs to enhance teacher effectiveness in California, the largest amount to be dedicated for that purpose in years. The funds, which will be set aside as a block grant, will flow to each of California’s nearly 1,000 districts based on the number of credentialed teachers and school administrators they have on their payrolls. Districts can spend the funds at any time over the next three years. NCS expects to receive $ 14,000 in Educator Effectiveness Funds during 2015-16.
On November 18, 2015, the NCS Board of Directors formally approved the following use of these funds during 2015-16:
1. Mentoring new teachers $3,000
2. Training Workshops and Accommodations for Certificated Staff $ 11,000
The adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCS) by the State of California includes a new electronic testing system that will fully replace the STAR Test in the spring of 2015.
The State has allocated funds for the implementation of the Common Core Standards. The Novato Charter School received a total of $ 49,437. The CCS implementation guidelines require schools to submit plans to public hearing, before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting.
At its November 20, 2013 Public Meeting the school’s staff presented the following investment recommendations to the Board for these funds:
1. Replacing the dated computers in the school’s Tech Laboratory (Estimated cost: $ 45,000).
2. The remaining balance on professional development and training for Faculty in the implementation of the CCS.
The Board approved these recommendations at their public meeting of December 18, 2013. Click here to read the Resolution.