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.
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.
California and Washington appear in sync on at least one issue: local control of schools.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor and school teacher and leader in Oakland, says a focus on equity could lead to a renaissance in education.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
Education Trust–West presses for tracking spending at the school level.
The complaint is contesting how the district spent $41 million in supplemental and concentration funding.
Workshop participants expressed concerns about data timeliness, local indicators, how data relate to districts’ accountability plans, and how charter data are reported.
Groups say the district isn't complying with its obligation under the funding formula.
A more optimistic scenario could produce a couple of billion dollars more for K-12 schools and community colleges.
It also decides which schools' English learners will fall in the accountability system's low-performing "red zone."
The consortium, led by Riverside Unified, is the biggest alliance of schools in California that is trying to increase access to computer science education.
The new Legislative Analyst’s Office projection for 2017-18 includes funding from Proposition 55.
State board president, state superintendent say proposed rules on funding for low-income students would intrude on local control and exceed federal authority.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan's third version may not be a charm but it is an improvement.