October 19, 2021

Nearly half of money for high-needs students not getting to their schools; PPIC study of LCFF examines spending data

Diverting funds intended for CA’s high-needs students for other spending “dampens” the potential to significantly close the achievement gap between high-poverty and low-poverty students, new research from the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

School districts on average are directing only 55 cents of every dollar of extra funding from the LCFF to the schools that high-needs students who generate the money attend, research fellow Julien Lafortune concluded in a policy brief and full report. He examined school-level financial data reported to the state for all districts with research using federally mandated school-level data available for the first time.

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