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.
Districts' revenues may be back to pre-recession levels, but not their buying power, says FCMAT's Michael Fine.
An advocacy group for English learners says the $5 million in new state money to train more bilingual teachers is a "first step," and warns that Proposition 58 has worsened a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.
The proposal to use dashboard colors to identify the lowest-achieving schools is being sharply criticized.
Proponents said public needs to know where money from Local Control Formula goes.
Legislators must decide this month before they take August off.
Budget increases Local Control Funding Formula to 97 percent, boosts higher education spending and preschool eligibility.
Standardized test results from 2015 and 2016 show disadvantaged students aren't progressing as quickly as wealthier, English-fluent peers.
The governor's view is it's better to wait to see if revenues come through than to cut later.
The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating Title II teacher training programs in 2017-18.
GreatSchools debuts a multiple-measure view of California's schools.
The Local Control Funding Formula and state preschools will get more money.
The staff of the State Board of Education will revise the plan for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
The longtime education leader says public schools must serve the needs of parents and students as the Trump administration focuses on school choice.
The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states more latitude to spend federal dollars and fix low-achieving schools.
The study finds "good-faith efforts" overall, but some districts are not spending on students targeted for extra money.