Education funding continues to fail California’s poorest schools

The state adopted the Local Control Funding Formula in 2012, overturning four decades of “categorical” funding that attempted to micromanage school district spending from Sacramento.

The new formula gives more state money to districts with disadvantaged youths — low-income, foster and English learner students — who need additional educational supports.

The result: The funding gap between the state’s wealthiest and the poorest school districts has narrowed — a huge and notable achievement. But it hasn’t translated into improved educational opportunities in the low-income districts or markedly narrowed the achievement gap.

Source: Editorial: California’s school funding experiment has little success so far – San Francisco Chronicle


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