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ERIC Number: ED561203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing California's School Funding Formula: Will High-Need Students Benefit?
Hill, Laura; Ugo, Iwunze
Public Policy Institute of California
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) reformed California's K-12 school finance system. It replaced a patchwork of formulas and specific (or "categorical") programs with a focus on local control, funding equity, and additional support for the large share of students (63%) who are "high needs"--that is, low-income, English Learner, and/or foster care youth. However, there are still concerns about whether the new funding will reach high-need students. Because districts have spending flexibility, and because some of the extra funding for high-need students is based on their districtwide enrollment levels, it is possible that high-need schools in districts with relatively low overall shares of high-need students will not get the funding they need. Our research indicates that county offices of education--which are charged with assisting districts in developing and achieving accountability plans--may have extra work to do in parts of Southern California, the Bay Area, and Sacramento to ensure that extra state funding improves outcomes of high-need students who are not evenly distributed across district schools.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Silver Giving Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Institute of California
Identifiers - Location: California