California has reformed its system of school financing by introducing the Local Control Funding Formula. The formula, which requires districts to draw up a Local Control and Accountability Plan, grants more decision-making powers to school districts, and also gives additional state funds to districts based on the number of low-income students, English learners, foster children and homeless youth they serve.
Compromise includes 13% more for funding formula, extra for community schools, student transportation, school construction, literacy coaches and expansion of Cal Grants.
Study recommends no specific fix to 1978 property tax limit initiative, but the Opportunity Institute and Pivot Learning cite many reasons to consider reforms.
New housing construction in suburbs around Sacramento have saved some school districts in the region from the belt-tightening that comes with declining student enrollment.
Districts complain COLA isn't enough to cover their costs and needs; Gov. Newsom to release revised budget, revenue projections by May 15.
As California policymakers grapple with the fiscal implications of declining school enrollment, they must seize the opportunity to address equity.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s proposed 2022-23 budget for the state's K-12 public schools.
Suggestions include confronting disparities in staffing fully qualified teachers and more evenly distributing money for high-needs students.
School districts seeing major enrollment and attendance drops fear substantial funding cuts in the 2022-23 school year.
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.
AB1316 would close numerous schools and displace thousands of students and families throughout California.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s May revision of the 2021-22 budget.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s May revision of the 2021-22 budget.