California governor joins those wanting to hold school districts more accountable for spending
In an audit last fall of three districts’ spending, State Auditor Elaine Howle called on the State Board of Education and the Legislature to hold districts more accountable for how they spend money they receive from the Local Control Funding Formula.
In the state budget that he presented this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom included two proposals that respond to the audit, setting the stage for negotiations with legislators who have introduced bills that mirror two of Howle’s key recommendations.
But some form of standard categories are critical for an understanding of statewide efforts and best practices, said Rob Manwaring, a senior fiscal and policy adviser for Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland. It and Education Trust-West, a research and advocacy organization also based in Oakland, are co-sponsors of the two bills.