What started as a mysterious illness on the other side of the world quickly turned into a global pandemic that’s altered nearly every aspect of life. And it’s caused economic shockwaves that could have major consequences for public schools across California.
In a special two-part episode of The Deeper Learning Podcast, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares asks a pair of prominent school funding experts to share their insights on how the COVID-19 downturn will affect K-12 budgets — and whether there are any bright spots in the financial forecast.
Part 1 features Mike Fine, CEO of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, commonly known as FCMAT. Administered by the office of the Kern County Superintendent, FCMAT assists California school districts with fiscal advice, management assistance, training, audits and other business services.
In Part 2, we hear from Dr. Molly McGee Hewitt, CEO and executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials. CASBO, which has more than 24,000 members, is considered the premier resource for California’s school business leaders.
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