Special Committee on Fiscal Vitality
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1. Explore Depth of Budget Deficit:
Committee will recommend a target goal for budget reductions needed for 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
2. Build Shared Knowledge:
In order to better support our community of stakeholders, the Committee will build a citywide understanding of (1) OUSD’s deficit and strategies being explored to address it; (2) Board Policies and theory of action; (3) Central allocations, (4) Base funding allocations; and (5) Academic Return on Investment.
3. Alignment with Theory of Action:
Committee will reinforce Board of Education’s theory of action around school-based decision-making.
a. Given that our theory of change and Board Policies maximize decision-making and resources at school sites, we must closely examine central budgets. When the system deviates from this theory of action, there must be clear and evidence-based reasons for doing so.
4. Student-centered Budgeting:
Committee will introduce and engage with the idea of academic return on investment for student achievement with an emphasis on equity and educating the whole child.
5. Recommendations to Move Forward:
Committee will adopt a resolution, for consideration by the full board, providing directional guidance regarding the budget reductions for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 school years to the Superintendent for improving equity, quality, and sustainability for the district.