California's budgeting framework is designed to engage communities in their aspirations and be adaptable to local needs. But families of English learners are too often locked out of the process.
Research by the Public Policy Institute of California compares Local Control Funding Formula allocations to school-level spending.
California Department of Education sides with faith-based organizations that challenged how the San Bernardino county office approved LCAPs.
Nearly a year after money was budgeted, the California Department of Education hasn't completed the contract needed to move forward.
In the absence of effective oversight, too many districts' local control and accountability plans, or LCAPs, focus more on compliance with the letter of the law than on improving outcomes for their students.
Districts have carried over unspent money intended for high-needs students to use however they want. The governor says the practice must end.
The bill, favored by student rights groups, would end a “loophole” allowing districts to freely use unspent money intended for “high-needs” students.
School districts argue budget cuts warrant spending flexibility; equity advocates argue high-needs students need resources they're entitled to.
While pushing back the LCAP deadline, Newsom orders districts to report on distance learning and school closure expenses by July 1.
The governor is expected to postpone the LCAP; legislators will be asked to cancel the California School Dashboard for one year.
A new website would let the public see how much any district is — or is not — spending on “high-needs” students.
This week: We interview the LAUSD superintendent about the turbulent teachers' strike that shook the district and drew national attention one year ago.
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.
This week: We help deliver care packages to stressed-out CSU East Bay freshmen and get two views on a state audit critical of district spending on high-need students.
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.