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Overview

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A PARTNERSHIP WITH IUSD

We collaborate with our district and its board of trustees, as well as IPSF’s Board of Trustees, to ensure that the funds raised best support the needs of our children. Specifically, IPSF can grant funds to our district for the teaching professionals needed to staff enrichment programs in reading, math, science, technology, and the arts—programs that are no longer funded by the state. Because of our close relationship with IUSD, we are able to focus our efforts on the funding needs that will have the most impact on our students.

ABOUT IUSD

The Irvine Unified School District has over 28,000 students in 33 schools; nearly 40% have a primary language other than English. IUSD receives approximately $215 million in annual General Fund revenue. Of that total, 32 percent is restricted by categorical and legislative requirements. Since April 2009, budget reductions in the Irvine Unified School District have totaled approximately $38 million, including onetime offsets and ongoing cuts that have resulted in larger class sizes and program reductions. READ MORE

SCHOOL FUNDING BASICS

While a basic education is free, as mandated by our state’s constitution, the Irvine community expects more for our children than just the “basic” education that can be provided by state funding. We want an excellent education with robust music, art and science programs, among other things. Unfortunately, current funding from the State of California is inadequate, and it is projected to remain that way for some time. In the 2010-2011 school year, California ranked 46th out of 50 states in funding per pupil. READ MORE

PTA & IPSF

PTA and IPSF share a common goal—ensuring excellence in our children’s education. The organizations work closely with IUSD throughout the year to achieve this goal. Both organizations are needed to ensure the continued excellence of Irvine schools. The PTA at your child’s school provides financial support for items at that particular school site, such as supplies, assemblies, field trips. IPSF provides funds to our district for enriched curriculum and quality instruction at every IUSD school. READ MORE

CA BUDGET CRISIS

As you may have read, the California Legislature has been in a budget crisis. There is simply not enough revenue to pay their commitments. The result: To help get the state through the budget crisis, the Legislature has gone to the well, drawing out funds that should go to schools. Many, many funds. No program has been cut deeper in the last 18 months than the school budget. READ MORE

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