Community Engagement and School Spending: Coming Together in California
Source: Education Week
For the first time, school districts in California are trying to create budgets based on the new Local Control Funding Formula that lawmakers approved last year and the state board set rules for at the start of this year. That formula cut down on state bureaucracy, provided some policy flexibility to districts, and will gradually increase state K-12 funding significantly until 2020, in exchange for districts agreeing to shift significantly more resources (through “supplemental” and “concentration” grants) to help low-income students, English-language learners, and foster-care students. Districts with larger shares of those students will receive proportionately more funding through those two grants.
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