Explanation of our County’s COLA
As we go through contract negotiations, it is important for our members to understand our COLA as compared to other districts. In hearing of how other districts are receiving a higher COLA and settling on a higher salary percentage agreement, it is important to understand we, as a county is a different entity. In a conversation with our fiscal services, I requested an explanation of how our COLA works as compared with other school districts.
This is the explanation I received: “Local educational agencies (LEA) received substantial increases in funding for the 2022-23 school year. In particular, school districts and charter schools received increases to their Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) (the main source of revenues) in excess of 12% - including a 6.56% cost of living adjustment (COLA) and augmentations on the base funding students in all grade levels. County offices, including RCOE, are funded very differently than school districts and charter schools. For example, from 2017-18 through the 2021-22 school year, RCOE received no increase in LCFF revenues while districts received COLAs during most of those years. For the 2022-23 school year, after considerable advocacy from RCOE and other county offices, RCOE received the 6.56% on only a portion of its LCFF funding – the target level of funding. Therefore, RCOE’s effective revenue COLA for LCFF was approximately 3.02% for the 2022-23 school year.
While considerably less than what districts received, without the advocacy and changes in the law for 2022-23, RCOE would have received an effective 0% COLA.”