January 17, 2021

OPINION: Will Newsom patch up the Local Control Funding Formula for schools?

When California passed the Local Control Funding Formula seven years ago, state leaders made a commitment to address educational inequity and invest in interventions like this. Last year, the state Senate and the Assembly passed AB 1835 that would require school districts to report how they distributed their LCFF funds and to use unspent funds on low-income students, English Language Learners and students in foster care.

Despite the Senate and the Assembly passing the legislation, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill because of his concerns that “it cannot be implemented in a manner that is smooth or timely.” He instead vowed to find another way “to ensure that funding meant to support our state’s most vulnerable students is used for that purpose” in his newest state budget. I hope the governor will fulfill his promise. Our system must also be more transparent. More money only helps if it goes where it needs to.

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