New Haven Unified School District

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NHUSD Budget Information

The purpose of this page is to provide our students, staff, parents, and community members with information about our budget. Our district, like most other district’s in the State, does not receive enough funding to cover the basic costs needed to educate our students. School Services of California, a reputable and objective organization, estimates that the average school district in California will receive $82 per student less than is necessary to cover “fixed costs” such as salaries and operating required programs. Our district does not fit the average district profile because we live in a very expensive area with higher costs. We, like most other districts in this part of Alameda County, are also declining in enrollment, which makes this problem worse.

We estimate that we will receive $224 per student less than is required to educate students in our district for 2020-21!

In order to make up this difference, we are aggressively pursuing ways to increase revenue. We also know that we will need to make budget reductions. The links on this page will provide you with more detailed information about our budget, potential budget reductions, and tools, such as our budget simulator, to help you understand how our budget works. 

Because this is a State-wide problem, a group called the East Bay Coalition for Public Education is trying to create public awareness of the structural underfunding that California school districts are facing. To help create awareness about this problem, this coalition has designated February 2-7 as Fund Education Now Week. We have a variety of efforts planned to create public awareness during this week including our first Budget and LCAP Community Forum scheduled for Wednesday, February 5. Please see the link on this page for more information about this problem.

This page also includes a link to upcoming meetings where you can share your budget priorities with us to help guide us in building our budget, creating our 2020-2023 Local Control Accountability Plan, and with making budget reductions.

In an effort raise awareness within the community and amongst education stakeholders about the poor funding levels for schools in CA and the real life impacts on students; to lay the groundwork for funding initiatives (parcel tax, bond, SCF); and, to educate the public on the underlying reasons for budget cuts and other budget issues, the New Haven USD Board of Education at their meeting on January 21, 2020, passed Resolution No. 029-1920 "Recognition of Fund Education Now Week".