Funds will be shared by 75 elementary schools with the lowest reading scores.
Schools with more counselors report higher graduation rates, more students going to college.
State investigators also found that the district violated students' Fourth Amendment rights and the rights of students with disabilities. The district agreed to five years of state monitoring.
Districts focusing on reasons for chronic absenteeism, such as illness, suspensions, transportation and family disruptions.
Stockton Unified spent nearly $3 million on school policing from state money targeted for low-income, English learner and foster youth students, the ACLU found in a data analysis.
Superintendents who lead districts where they grew up say they are motivated by a yearning to honor their mentors who nurtured them along the way.
Four superintendents appointed in 2016 discuss their leadership approaches.
The issue: Can targeted dollars fund across-the-board teacher raises?