The Local Impact of Unfunded Liabilities: Lessons from Sacramento and Marin County


Carrie Hahnel - Independent Consultant
Terena Mares - Marin County Office of Education
Hannah Melnicoe - Pivot Learning Partners
Arun Ramanathan - Pivot Learning Partners
Jesse Ryan - Sacramento City Unified

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814)
PACE Speakers - Hahnel Mares Melnicoe Ramanathan Ryan

In this seminar, Pivot Learning will discuss two case studies aimed at better understanding the ways in which unfunded liabilities and other cost pressures impact school districts’ ability to serve students. The cases explore the impact of this budget squeeze in two unique locations: the Sacramento City Unified School District and in Marin County. These briefs find that, in Sacramento, soaring health care costs and a massive unfunded liability have led to deficit spending and cuts to programs and services. In Marin County, local parcel taxes have begun attracting more organized opposition due to increasing public perception that tax dollars will go to unfunded liabilities, rather than to students. Arun Ramanathan, Carrie Hahnel, and Hannah Melnicoe will share findings from these case studies, and expert panelists from Marin and Sacramento will reflect on the findings. Panelists will also discuss implications for state and local policy and revenue generation for education.

Lunch will be served at 11:30am. The presentations will be begin at 12:00pm.

Contact Shawn Bernardo at or 650-724-2832 with any questions about the event


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