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.
Is state board exercising flexibility or violating the Every Student Succeeds Act?
Parents are both capable of understanding multiple data points and eager to know more about their school’s successes and challenges.
EdSource sought the advice of experts, advocates and observers; common themes emerged on improving Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark law.
Many praise the formula's ambitious goals but criticize its burdensome documentation requirements, inadequate funding and the lack of fiscal transparency.
Study group recommends that districts conduct an annual survey of parents, students and teachers on school safety and students' wellbeing.
Gov. Brown could fully fund the Local Control Funding Formula ahead of schedule, with $2.5 billion to spare.
John Chiang, Delaine Eastin, Gavin Newsom, and Antonio Villaraigosa all say they support the Local Control Funding Formula and California's emphasis on local control.
State may change color configurations on the school dashboard to reduce the number of districts and student subgroups requiring county assistance.
A survey of California registered voters also shows strong support for school districts to devote more funds and resources to addressing the needs of the state’s most vulnerable students.
County officials are now demanding districts do a better job of justifying spending for low-income students and English learners under the funding formula.
An EdSource special report on how the housing crisis has forced more students into homelessness.
Explore our map showing the percentage of homeless students as reported by California's more than 10,000 schools.
Nearly 15,000 children living in shelters, motels, cars or "doubled up" with other families
An audio story on the challenges facing homeless students in Oakland and the resources available to them, like the Dreamcatcher Youth Shelter
Over a quarter of the state’s nearly 10,500 schools report zero homeless students meaning homeless students in those districts aren't receiving the specialized assistance required by state and federal law.