Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA)
As reported by the California Department of Education, SB1133 established the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 for the purpose of implementing the Prop 98 settlement agreement between CTA, et al. v. Schwarzenegger, et al. What SB1133 Provides
SB1133 provides $3 billion over a total of seven years (2007-2008 through 2013-2014) to 488 low-performing schools in California. These schools, ranked in the lowest two deciles by the State's 2005 Academic Performance Index (API), have high percentages of low income, minority, and English learner students.
QEIA schools will receive $500 for each K-3 pupil, $900 for each student in grades 4-8, and $1,000 for each student in grades 9-12. QEIA funds will assist schools in closing the achievement gap by reducing class size, improving teacher and principal training, and adding counselors to high schools.
There are currently 21 schools in our District receiving QEIA funding, which include 16 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Altogether, our funding through SB1133 is greater than $15 million for each of the next six years.Class Size Targets
Once QEIA is fully implemented by 2010-2011, class size targets will be set at a maximum average of 20 students in grades K-3 and 25 students in all core classes in grades 4-12, with no core class exceeding 27 students.
One of our two identified high schools was awarded this grant through an alternative application process which doesn't require class size reduction. A rigorous professional development program has been developed at each elementary, middle, and high school.