On the heels of the email from Superintendent Lawrence indicating the very real possibility of a State takeover of MDUSD, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell commented in an Associated Press article today that 174 school districts are on the watch list for for being unable to meet their financial obligations. Mt. Diablo Unified School District is not on the list but San Ramon Valley Unified is on the qualified list while John Swett has a negative certification. This does not mean MDUSD is out of the woods but it may mean a state takeover is not eminent.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said a record 174 districts may not be able to meet their financial obligations over the next two years, a 38 percent increase over last year.
“The economic picture for our schools regrettably is bleak,” O’Connell said. “This clearly is a result of inadequate funding of our schools. The lack of funding is hurting our children, our schools, our neighborhoods and our future.”
The 174 districts on the state’s fiscal watch list represent about 16 percent of California’s 1,077 local education agencies. Fourteen of those districts have a “negative certification,” which means they may not be able to pay their bills in the current or next fiscal year. Entire Article
List of Negative and Qualified Certifications
Local Educational Agencies
2009-10 Second Interim Report