Are Local School Districts reporting accurately to the CA Dept. of Education
Discrepancies found in annual school enrollment figures reported to the State. The CA Lottery disbursements are based according to school enrollment figures provided by local school districts. The reporting is mandated by the California Department of Education. 2 Urban Girls contacted local school districts, Compton (CUSD) and Inglewood Unified (IUSD), and found there has been some misrepresentation. Figures audited by 2UG were for the 2013-14 school year.
Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) has made numerous claims that enrollment is on a steady decline, which is why they must lay off staff. A public records request, on enrollment numbers for the 2013-14 school year, are a stark contrast to what the state provided CA Lottery funds, based on enrollment (ADA).
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Contacted for their enrollment numbers for school year 2013-14. District spokesperson Kristin Agostoni provided a figure of 11,701 students, which included dependent charters, City Honors and La Tijera. This figure is nearly 2,000 less than the numbers reported to the CA Dept. of Education for reimbursement.
CA Lottery sent disbursements totaling over $2.2 million for 2013-14 student enrollment of 13,821. In fact, based on the State Controller’s Office Lottery Educational Apportionment System, IUSD lost 103 students between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Enrollment went from 13,924 in 2012-13 to 13,821 in 2013-14. Figures for 2014-15 have yet to be released.
When asked how IUSD allocated CA Lottery funds, the district provided documents showing it is being used to pay for salary and benefits.
CA Lottery sent Compton Unified disbursements totaling over $3.4 million for student enrollment of 26,708, although the documents provided to 2UG show enrollment of 24,529. Based on the State Controller’s Office Lottery Educational Apportionment System, CUSD lost 57 students between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Reported enrollment went from 26,765 in 2012-13 to 26,708 in 2013-14. Figures for 2014-15 have yet to be released.
Compton Unified School District’s Superintendent Darin Brawley, provided a very comprehensive answer to enrollment figures along with how CUSD allocates CA Lottery funds.
Attached you will find two documents with the information that has been requested. The documents are part of the Districts mandated financial reporting to the State. The document labeled Enrollment 13-14 is taken from the 2014-2015 District adopted budget. It lists the District’s enrollment for the past couple of years including the 2013-214.
The second document is taken from the Districts 2014-2015 Unaudited Actuals report. The document lists the amount of Lottery funds received, both restricted and unrestricted. As a reminder, unrestricted Lottery funds are used to pay for the utility bills in the District. The restricted Lottery funds can only be used for the purchase of instructional materials per Education Code 60010. The District utilizes the restricted Lottery funds to purchase curriculum materials such as core subject student textbooks, teacher editions, new curriculum adoption and replacement textbooks.