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Looking Toward the Future: San José Unified’s Employee Housing Initiative

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Advisory Committees & Groups

San José Unified’s advisory committees and groups offer opportunities for parents, teachers, students, and community members to make a significant impact on the district and our schools. We value input from all of our stakeholders on key issues and initiatives, and we encourage you to get involved.

Learn more about these opportunities below, and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you’re interested in participating.

Meeting Times & Locations

Advisory committee meetings are generally held on Monday evenings at 6:00PM at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126. Please check the District Calendar for updated times and locations.

Meetings are open to the public.

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Parcel Tax

Measure Y was approved by more than 67% of voters in the General Election of November 8, 2016. It assesses a $72 per parcel annual tax on properties within San José Unified School District, beginning in 2017-18 and effective through 2024-25 (8 years).

The parcel tax is projected to raise $5 million in annual local funding to support San José Unified’s efforts to:

  • Maintain and improve core academic programming in reading, writing, math, the arts and science;
  • Improve programs to prepare students for college and 21st century careers; and
  • Attract and retain high performing teachers and educational staff.

Click here to read the full text of Measure Y
Click here to view a presentation to the Board of Education from January 26, 2017

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District Information

San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. We are reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness.

Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.

To see our boundaries and find a school, visit our School Locator.

Click here to learn about San José Unified

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Board of Education

The San José Unified Board of Education traditionally meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month in the Board Room at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126. Regular Meetings begin at 6:00pm, except as noted or when a Closed Session is scheduled.

The Board will enter Closed Session at 5:00pm to consider items that are not subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act – primarily discipline, personnel, and other legal matters. Closed Sessions are not open to the general public. The Superintendent will report all actions taken by the Board in Closed Session during the Regular Meeting.

Please note that dates, times, and locations of Board meetings are subject to change. Any changes will be noticed in a timely fashion. You should always check the district calendar for the most current information.

Click here to submit any questions regarding Board agendas, minutes, and meetings.

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Policies & Regulations

San José Unified is governed by policies and regulations established by the Board of Education and the California Education Code. Some of these policies can be found below.

To review our complete policies and regulations, please visit this online portal and enter the following public username and password.

Username: public
Password: sanjose

Click here to access the main index and use the search tool in the right sidebar to find policies by keyword(s).

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San José Unified Resources and Information During School Closures

COVID-19 - San José Unified Updates & Important Information

 

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Board Members

Teresa

Teresa Castellanos
Board President

Brian Weathley

Brian Wheatley
Board Vice President

Jose Magaña

Jose Magaña
Member

Carla Collins

Carla Collins
Member

K Meek

Kimberly Meek
Member

 

Luiza

Luiza Albuquerque
Student Member

Kotha

Kayva Kotha
Alternate Student Member

Nancy Albarran

Nancy Albarrán
Superintendent

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Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Through more than 30 community meetings and a series of online surveys and focus groups over the 2016-2017 school year, San José Unified collected input from students, staff, families, and community members to shape an updated Strategic Plan to guide our work over the next three years. The Board of Education adopted the following key objectives and metrics on June 22, 2017.

If you’re familiar with our previous strategic plan, Opportunity21, you’ll find these objectives familiar. That’s because we heard loud and clear from our community that we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve used this update to focus on key benchmarks and indicators of success.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them our way.

At San José Unified, we are preparing today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow with…

A rigorous curriculum that inspires all students to discover their own greatness
  • Our students excel – All schools and student groups will score in the two highest performance levels on the California School Dashboard for English language arts, mathematics, English Learner progress, graduation rate, and college and career readiness.
An innovative workforce that knows the lessons we learn are just as important as the lessons we teach
  • We hire the best – All new employees will pass rigorous screening assessments.
  • We succeed in a competitive talent market – All roles will be filled on the first day of school.
  • We are a strong team – At least 95% of staff meeting performance standards will be retained.
A unified community that elevates opportunities for all
  • Our students feel safe – At least 80% of students will feel supported and have positive school connections.
  • Our families feel engaged – At least 80% of families will feel involved in their student’s education.
Enhanced resources that make the extraordinary ordinary
  • Our students spend more time learning – All schools and student groups, as measured both locally and by the state, will score in the two highest performance levels on the California School Dashboard for suspension rate and student attendance.
  • We allocate resources based on need – 100% of supplemental funds will directly support our highest-need students.
An efficient system that asks and answers the questions, “Why?” and “What if?”
  • We cover the basics – All schools and the district will meet standards as measured by the California School Dashboard for basic services, implementation of academic standards, parent engagement, and feedback through a local climate survey.
  • We budget responsibly – Annual expenses will be within 15% of projections, or we will be able to explain why.
  • We follow through – Initiatives will redefine what is possible and achieve stated goals.
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Measure F Financial & Performance Reports

Measure F Annual Financial Audit Reports

Measure F Annual Performance Audit Reports

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Measure C Financial & Performance Reports

Measure C Financial Audit Reports

Measure C Performance Audit Reports

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Local Control

What is LCAP?

Each year, districts are required by the California Department of Education to develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan that explains the district’s:

  1. Prior year progress toward its goals;
  2. Goals and actions planned for the next three years; and
  3. Process to engage parents, community, staff, and students in the development of the plan.

The LCAP should clearly explain how the planned actions and budget allocations will meet the state and district priority areas, in addition to how funds will be used at a school-by-school level.

How is the LCAP organized?

The LCAP has five components:

  1. Plan Summary – Summarizes what went well and where we can improve.
  2. Annual Update – Highlights our progress and expenses in 2017-2018 compared to our stated goals and actions.
  3. Stakeholder Engagement – Explains the process used to engage parents, pupils, staff, and the community, and how this engagement contributed to development of the plan.
  4. Goals, Actions & Services – A three-year plan that defines our annual goals and specifies the actions and funds allocated to achieve these goals.
  5. Demonstration of Increased or Improved Services for Unduplicated Pupils – Identifies the funding allocated by the district based on the number of English Learners, low-income students, and foster youth served, and describes how funds will be used.

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Budget

School districts receive state, federal, and local funding to educate all students within their attendance areas. Spending of these funds is largely governed by state and federal law and contracts with employee groups. Within these guidelines, thousands of decisions must be made every year about how funds can best be used to provide the highest quality education to all students.

Budget decisions at San José Unified are made based on policies set by the Board of Education. Board members are community trustees, elected by voters in five Trustee Areas to represent their interests. The board reviews long-range and annual plans, including budgets, presented by the Superintendent and district staff. These plans and budgets are a roadmap for spending priorities in the coming year.

The budget review process begins in March and includes extensive opportunities for community input, including board meetings, public hearings, and advisory groups. The final budget for the coming school year is adopted in June.

Download our 2017-2020 LCAP & Budget

Where do we get our funding?

Public schools in California have four major sources of funding:

  1. Tax Revenue & State Funds – This combination of local property taxes and state support provides about 62% of our General Fund revenue.
  2. State Mandates – The state government provides about 35% of our revenue for Class Size Reduction, Mandated Cost Reimbursements, Transportation services, and various targeted state grants. (Note: The state lottery is included in this amount. However, the lottery provides less than 2% of all General Fund revenue.)
  3. Federal Government – The federal government provides about 8% of funding, primarily for Special Education.
  4. Local Revenue – About 5% of our revenue comes from grants and/or donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals, as well as school fundraising activities. (Note: Revenue from the 2016 Measure Y parcel tax will be included in this amount.)

The Ed-Data web site has more detailed information on San Jose Unified’s funding and financial results. Visit ed-data.k12.ca.us and follow the prompts to review this information.

How are funding levels determined?

Each district in the state has a different combination of federal, state, and local funding sources. The amount is based on:

  1. Average Daily Attendance (ADA) –  The average number of students in attendance during the designated school year.
  2. The Revenue Limit – As determined by annual state legislation using a calculation based on a 1972 figure, adjusted for inflation, the revenue limit varies from district to district.
  3. Categorical Funding – These funds are provided based on the number of qualifying students (for instance, over 30% of San José Unified students qualify for free or reduced-price meals 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 150 separate federal, state, and local categorical funding sources.
How is the district budget organized?

There are two types of funds in district and school budgets:

  1. General Fund – General purpose funds represent about 65% of district funding and are apportioned to each district based on ADA and the Revenue Limit. These funds may be used at the district’s discretion to meet the educational needs of students. The majority of funds support employee salaries and benefits.
  2. Restricted Funds – State, federal, and local funds represent about 35% of district funding. The majority of these funds are spent at the school site and are aligned with site plans for student achievement.
How can I have input on the budget?

The San José Unified Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) advises the Superintendent regarding budget development for each fiscal year. The Superintendent weighs the advice of the committee, along with the priorities of the district’s Strategic Plan, in preparing a final budget for recommendation to the Board of Education in June.

Meetings of the Budget Advisory Committee are open to the public and take place at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Avenue, generally on a Monday at 6:00pm. Please visit the District Calendar for an updated schedule of BAC meetings.

If you’d like to apply to serve on the Budget Advisory Committee, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (408) 535-6444.

Other advisory committees and groups influence district priorities and budget decisions. Click here to learn more.

One vital avenue for community input in school budgets is the School Site Council (SSC), which makes decisions about non-mandated spending. Please contact your principal for information about the SSC at your student’s school.

Who reviews the district’s financial records?

External auditors annually perform a thorough audit of the district’s financial statements to ensure that they accurately reflect the district’s true financial position.

Click here to view the most recent auditor reports.

Additionally, internal auditors conduct ongoing reviews of processes and procedures to ensure efficiency as well as safeguarding of assets.

Any member of the public may contact the Safety Line at (866) 344-8355 (TELL) to report suspected improper activities.

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Financial & Budget Reports

Click below to review audits and reports on San José Unified’s financial activities:

2019-20 Fiscal Year

To review financial & budget reports from previous fiscal years, please click here

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2020 Construction Bidders List

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The Challenge

Silicon Valley is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Rent has been rising faster in San José and the surrounding area than just about anywhere else in the country for over a decade and housing cost increases show no signs of slowing down. The high cost of living in this area is forcing many of our students and employees out.

San José Unified offers unparalleled supports and professional development opportunities for the people who work here. Whether they support our students as a bus driver, custodian, teacher, secretary, or principal, our employees have great benefits and salaries competitive with those in many area districts. But public education in California is inequitably and inadequately funded. Some of our neighbors are basic aid districts, which means their local property tax revenue exceeds the state’s minimum funding guarantee and goes directly to their public schools. They thus have considerably more money to devote to employee compensation than we have, making it tough for us to compete with what they can offer. Especially given the statewide teacher shortage, it is getting harder to recruit and retain the innovative workforce that makes the San José Unified school system excellent.

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