Classified Employee Summer Assistance
Toolkit for K-12 classified

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The Classified School Employee Summer Assistance program allows classified employees in K-12 districts to withhold up to 10 percent of their monthly salary during the school year, and receive that money — matched by the state up to a dollar for dollar — in one or two payments during the summer. 

Who is eligible to participate? 
First, your district must choose to participate in the program. If your district is participating, classified employees must be employed by the district for at least one year prior to electing to have funds withheld. The employee must work less than 11 months out of a 12-month period, and earn no more than $62,400 per school year.

How do you get your district to participate? 
If your local union wants your district to participate in the program, it is important to advocate for that with district administrators during the fall. Locals are not required to bargain over the district’s participation, but should use any leverage necessary to urge the district to participate. The district must notify employees of its participation by January 1, 2020.

Interested in this program? Let CFT know by completing this quick form.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

Date Action
Jan. 1, 2020 Participating districts to inform staff about program
March 1, 2020 Deadline for eligible employees to enroll in program
April 1, 2020 Districts to tell state they will participate and how many employees have enrolled
May 1, 2020 State to inform districts how much the match will be
June 1, 2020 District to inform employees how much the state match will be
During school year 2020-21 The district withholds the amount specified by the employee
By July 31, 2021 The district requests payment from the CDE
During summer recess 2021 The district pays the participant the amount withheld from their checks plus the state match in one or two payments in accordance with the payment plan the employee selects.

UNION RESOURCES

“It would be ludicrous for me not to participate. Where else can I set aside $200 a month for 11 months and make a 100 percent return on my investment?”
— Bernard Benson

GOVERNMENT

  • California Department of Education has the definitive program information
  • California Education Code Section 45500 established the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program
  • The California Legislature allocated $50 million to this program for the 2018-19 school year. The state budget for 2019-20 includes an additional $36 million. Funding after the 2019-20 school year will depend upon how much the Legislature appropriates for the program.

QUESTIONS?

Contact CFT Legislative Representative Tristan Brown or your CFT field representative.