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The 2018-19 state budget includes $13.3 million to create a network in which teams of parents, teachers and district administrators will identify ways to listen to and act on advice from the community.
California’s bold initiative to provide extra support to foster youth in school is proving difficult for most districts to implement, advocates say. Initial reviews of district accountability plans show that many are either ignoring this new subgroup or treating foster students the same as other low-income students.
The State Board of Education this week could revise the process that districts use to create their funding and accountability plans. At a hearing in Sacramento on Thursday, critics will argue that the proposed changes don’t go far enough.
The Los Angeles Unified School District will begin using a new student need index to direct additional funding to the neediest schools under a plan expected to be adopted by the school board today. The plan relies on counting students twice if they are low-income, English learners, foster or homeless students.