Report 2019-108 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report 2019-108: Sacramento City Unified School District: Because It Has Failed to Proactively Address Its Financial Challenges, It May Soon Face Insolvency (Release Date: December 2019)

Recommendation #9 To: Sacramento City Unified School District

To address its current financial problems, Sacramento Unified should do the following:

Before it imposes an agreement on its teachers union or accepts state assistance, the district should publicly disclose the likely effects that such actions will have on the district's students, faculty, and the community, and its plans to address these effects.

6-Month Agency Response

The District agrees that before it would impose terms or accept state assistance it would publicly disclose the impacts of such upon District students, faculty and community and the plans to address same.

  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD
  • Response Date: June 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

At its May 21, 2020 board meeting, a speaker from the Sacramento County Office of Education indicated that it had begun working with a state legislator to draft legislation needed for the district to accept state assistance. As of June 2020, the district has not formally requested an emergency loan from the State. In our report, we discussed the negative repercussions of accepting state assistance, including fewer funds available for student education. Therefore, before the district decides to request state assistance, the district should publicly disclose the likely effect it will have on the district's students, faculty, and the community, and the district's plans to address these effects.


60-Day Agency Response

The District agrees that before it would impose terms or accept state assistance it would publicly disclose the impacts of such upon District students, faculty and community and the plans to address same.

It is not possible to fully implement this recommendation unless negotiations are exhausted and the impasse procedures have taken place through PERB or state assistance is triggered. The impacts of these scenarios will have to be fully evaluated at that time given the circumstances involved in order to clearly inform the public of these consequences.

  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD
  • Response Date: February 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2019-108

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.