The Department's Budget
There are two main parts of the Department’s budget, Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The $2.1 billion operating budget is made up primarily of state tax revenue funds (82 percent) is used for the day-to-day operations of schools and offices. The budget component for the development and upgrade of school and office facilities are from a separate Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget sourced almost entirely from state bonds.
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Timeline of major events for operating budget for biennium periods July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022, and July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023
Five Budget Challenges
$86.3 million in existing shortfalls:
On-going Workers Compensation shortage
Food Service shortage
Converged Infrastructure (for technology backbone)
Recurring annual cost of the new cloud-based Financial Management System
- A one-time $100.2 million in general fund reduction assessed to the Department for FY 2021 and now being determined as a recurring reduction that will continue beyond FY 2021 which has not been included in the 10% cuts that schools have created their Financial Plans for SY 2022.
- $164.3 million for programs under the DOE which does not include preschool which falls under the Executive Office on Early Learning.
- $128.5 million estimated labor savings pending negotiation with labor partners.
- $88.2 million for:
- Facilities design and layout to allow for social distancing space configuration requirements
- Summer program