Author: Scott Phelps

PUSD is far from out of the woods when it comes to fiscal stability

To address its budget crisis, the Pasadena Unified School District submitted a mandatory Fiscal Stabilization Plan to the County of Los Angeles in February and then took a major step in implementing that plan by issuing over 100 preliminary teacher and administrator layoff notices for the 2018-19 year by the legally required March 15 deadline. This plan reduced expenditures for the current 2017-18 year by about $4 million and by over $12 million for the 2018-19 year. The board then adopted its second interim budget on March 15, per county requirements.    To try and reverse as many of...

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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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Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Fri
5:00 pm Talk and Book Signing by the Aut... @ Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
Talk and Book Signing by the Aut... @ Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Talk and Book Signing by the Author of the Mas Aria Mystery Series, Naomi Hirahara @ Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden | Pasadena | California | United States
A special evening with the Edgar Award-winning author, Naomi Hirahara. Reception and talk followed by a book signing of her recently released, Hiroshima Boy. The $25 admission includes the book. Reservations are required and may[...]
8:00 pm “The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“The Immigrant” at the Sierra Ma... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
“The Immigrant,” a play by Mark Harelik is set in rural, central Texas in 1909, as a young, Russian-Jewish immigrant settles in a small town, banana cart in tow, after having escaped from pogroms in[...]
Apr
21
Sat
all-day Art on Palm @ Arlington Garden
Art on Palm @ Arlington Garden
Apr 21 all-day
The event features local artists presenting distinctive work, including ceramics, collage, digital art, glass, leather, metals, mixed media, photography, pastels, pencil, textiles, watercolors and exotic woods, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A minimum donation[...]
all-day Color Festival @ SPUSD Parking Lot
Color Festival @ SPUSD Parking Lot
Apr 21 all-day
Color Festival @ SPUSD Parking Lot |  |  |
NEW DATE — Join us on April 21 to celebrate Spring with a burst of color! A family-friendly event, in the spirit of the India Holi Festival celebrating the coming of Spring, that brings together[...]
10:00 am Computer Pals at La Pintoresca L... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Computer Pals at La Pintoresca L... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Computer Pals invites guests of all ages to learn basic computer skills, create an email account and how to use software for various projects, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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