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December 26, 2007 > Quality Education Investment Act not fully funded

Quality Education Investment Act not fully funded

Submitted By Karen Mangon

District Administrators at Hayward Unified remained committed to not encroach on the general fund with the implementation of a new program at two schools on Tuesday, Dec. 18: Burbank Elementary and Faith-Ringgold School of Arts/Science. The schools qualified for the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA), however only partial funding by the state will be provided to implement the program for the full seven years.

"In order to roll out successful implementation of QEIA," stated Hayward Unified Superintendent Dale W. Vigil, "we must take into account several planning considerations, including sustainability, facility resources, multiyear budget and fiscal forecasting." A detailed financial analysis indicated the costs for facilities, supplies and equipment, professional development and additional prep periods for teachers, along with other factors to operate the program will encroach on the district's general fund. District and Burbank school staff met on Thursday, Dec. 20, to discuss ideas on how the program can work without encroaching on the district's general fund.

QEIA Program Requirements
To receive funding for the seven-year duration of the program, the school must:
Participate in K-3 Class-Size Reduction Program (CSR) of 20:1; have five fewer pupils than 2006-07 or maximum of 25 students, whichever is less, for grades 4-12
Exceed API target in the first three full years of participation and meet API target in subsequent years, comply with Williams settlement, NCLB highly qualified teacher requirements and school site teacher experience requirement.

QEIA is a good opportunity. For detailed information about QEIA, please visit http://www.qeia.org/.

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