Declining enrollment and decreasing state funding point to a coming fiscal emergency in the PUSD

The Pasadena Unified School District’s budget is not doing well.  For the first time in memory, we have negatively certified our budget. Approximately $6.3 million in reductions need to be made in the current year to restore our state-mandated 3 percent reserve. Another $15-$20 million in reductions is required for the fiscal year that begins July 1.    How could this have happened so quickly? Fundamentally, a newer reality exists. Unrestricted revenue and special education revenue have actually decreased over the last two years due to declining enrollment and the lack of significant increases in state funding, from $192,201,544...

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