The report, recently prepared for CDE by WestEd, compares CDE to a few other state education departments. It also digs deeper into the question of how the budget can be better aligned with Commissioner Dwight Jones’ new vision, as articulated in CDE’s new Forward Thinking strategic planning document.
Only 1.5% of
In addition, CDE staff is mostly supported from federal grant money. The report notes that about 25% of CDE staff are supported by state money, and fully 75% are supported by federal grants.
These figures are not very different from a study in the late 1990s, which showed CDE about 43rd in the nation in personnel support for school operations.
It may be reasonable that in a local control education state like
A level of 1.5% state expenditure for CDE seems “penny wise and pound foolish” when the state now contributes more than 60% of the non-federal funds for
As the report also notes, the heavy dependence upon federal funds within CDE inevitably has steered the agency towards a federal regulatory and accounting role with
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