How are Campbell Union School District’s schools funded?
Campbell, like other public schools in California, has four major sources of funding:
- The State Revenue Limit, which is a combination of local property taxes and state support, provides about 61% of the Campbell Union School District’s General Fund revenue.
- The other state government funds provide 23% of revenue for Class Size Reduction, Mandated Cost Reimbursements, Transportation services, and various targeted state grants. The state lottery is included in this amount. The lottery provides about 2% of the General Fund revenue.
- The federal government provides about 5% of funding, primarily for No Child Left Behind and Special Education.
- Other local payments comprise about 11% of the total, including grants and donations from foundations, businesses and individuals and school fundraising activities.
The Ed-Data website has more detailed information on Campbell Union’s funding and financial results.
Source: California Department of Education - School Fiscal Services Division (via the Ed-Data website)
Each district in the state has a different combination of federal, state and local funding sources.
The amount is based on:
- Average Daily Attendance (or ADA): the average number of students in attendance during the designated school year.
- The level of funding allowed in each district: The revenue limit, as determined by legislation in a calculation based on a 1972 figure, adjusted for inflation. The revenue limit varies from district to district.
- Qualification of the district students or programs for special support beyond the revenue limit. These funds are provided based on the number of qualifying students (for instance, over 38% of CUSD students qualify for free or reduced lunches and other programs designed to serve low income students) or to support specific district programs (federal magnet programs, bilingual education etc.). Use of these funds is restricted to the specific purpose, program or students they are designed to serve. The district receives and accounts for about 107 separate federal, state and local categorical funding sources.
There are two types of funds in district and school budgets:
- General purpose funds are apportioned to each district based on ADA and revenue limit. These funds may be used at the district’s discretion to meet the educational needs of students. The majority of funds support teacher salaries and benefits.
- Restricted state, federal and local funds -- The majority of these funds, including Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, Targeted Instructional Improvement, Transportation, Economic Impact Aid, and Bilingual Education, are spent at the school site and are aligned with site plans for student achievement.
We take it very seriously that the public has entrusted us with its money. We work hard to ensure that resources are used for their intended, legal purpose to benefit the students. We consistently receive excellent reports from independent auditors and have an excellent bond credit rating because of our sound fiscal management.
Source: Campbell Union School District
How much does the California Lottery help school funding?
The funds received from the Lottery equals approximately 2% of CUSD’s annual budget. The Lottery's mandate, as defined in the California State Lottery Act, is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels from kindergarten through higher education plus several specialized schools. According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes and it bans use for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research.