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California Time of Distribution of State Funds to Schools (2014)

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A California Timing of Distribution of State Funds to Public School Districts Initiative (#13-0034) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute.

If the initiative qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Amended the statutory scheme authorizing distribution and governing timing of payments from the State School Fund, the primary source of annual state funding for schools.
  • Beginning July 1, 2015, required a three-fourths majority vote of the California State Legislature to defer payments to schools for more than 30 days, or to amend the statutory scheme in any other way aside from moving up the timing of distributions..

Supporters of the initiative referred to it as the "Fund Schools on Time Act of 2014".

Text of measure

Ballot title:

State School Funding. Timing of Distributions to Schools. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Amends the statutory scheme authorizing distribution and governing timing of payments from the State School Fund, the primary source of annual state funding for schools. Beginning July 1, 2015, requires a three-fourths majority vote of the Legislature to defer payments to schools for more than 30 days, or to amend the statutory scheme in any other way aside from moving up the timing of distributions."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"One-time state costs in 2015-16 of up to $5.6 billion to eliminate all existing school payment deferrals. Beginning in 2015-16, more predictable cash flow for schools and lower school borrowing costs. In future years, reduced state flexibility to respond to cash or budgetary problems."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Suzanne Cordingley submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on October 31, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0034 was May 27, 2014. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not have allowed the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot was April 18, 2014.

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