Sacramento— Assembly Bill 200, authored by Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R- Chino Hills), failed to pass out of the Assembly Education Committee with a 2-4 vote. AB 200 would have required school districts to report school site level expenditures of currently flexed categorical funds.
“The average parent and taxpayer need access to clear, consistent, and detailed expenditure information to promote both accountability and transparency of education spending,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “It is in the classroom that student performance occurs; therefore we need to make sure that is where education spending occurs as well,” said Assemblyman Hagman.”
Currently, education expenditure information is reported through broad categories and by averages at the school district level. Education expenditure information for currently flexed categorical funds has not been reported since the funds were flexed, giving schools ability to direct funds according to their individual needs but preventing oversight of such spending at the same time. Upon receipt of such funds, AB 200 would have required public posting of this information down to the school site and program level.
The bill would have also updated the currently outdated funding allocation method. However, in presenting the bill, Assemblyman Hagman stressed that regardless of whatever education funding formula is put into the state budget, transparency must be tied to those funds to ensure every student at every school receives effective instruction in order to preserve the fundamental right to a basic education and opportunity to learn.