PPS budget forecast
The school board received a budget forecast for the 2013-14 school year, under 3 different state funding scenarios. Under these different scenarios, Portland Public Schools would face:
The $6.895 million funding level recommended by the Quality Education Commission would represent the first step toward a ten-year phase-in of full funding of the Quality Education Model (QEM).
The model is the level of K-12 education programming that the state has determined would provide students with a well-rounded array of educational opportunities necessary to meet the state’s 40-40-20 goal (in which 100 percent of students are completing high school by 2025, with 80 percent going on to obtain a two-year or four-year degree). Currently, PPS is funded at less than 75 percent of QEM, which represents the loss of approximately $117 million in state funding for the 2012-13 school year.
Overall, the PPS budget forecast included a 3 percent increase in expenditures and an assumed 4 percent contingency reserve (up from 3.5 percent in the current school year).
If the Governor’s proposed PERS reforms are implemented, PPS is estimated to save $10 million in PERS costs. However, PERS costs would still rise by more than $4 million (12 percent).
Proposed changes to funding for Education Services Districts are also estimated to cost Portland Public Schools approximately $4 million next year.
Public input sessions on the budget and further board work sessions will be held this winter. Superintendent Carole Smith will present her proposed budget to the school board on April 15.
View the PPS 2013 State Legislative Platform in the Dec. 17 Portland School Board meeting materials.
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