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The San Bernardino City Unified School Board of Education approved the district’s school spending and accountability plan Tuesday night.

The board voted 5-0 to adopt the $52.1 million plan, which will serve as a guide to boost academic achievement and improve school climate across the district. (Two board members were absent.) The state’s new funding law requires all California districts to draft a Local Control and Accountability Plan that identifies how they will increase and enhance services for high-needs students — low-income youth, English learners and foster children. All plans, which had to be developed with community input, must be adopted by July 1.

While the emphasis of San Bernardino City Unified’s accountability plan is ensuring students graduate college and career ready, the district’s efforts will not focus solely on high school students. Schools will be given $6.2 million directly to help address site-specific goals, including  the achievement gap that finds Latino and African-American students in this poverty-stricken community lagging behind their peers academically. Read more about San Bernardino’s accountability plan here.

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