Report: New California school funding plans daunting

Jan 20, 2015 3:06 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A review of California's new school funding formula finds the goals and performance metrics districts are required to set in an annual accountability plan are so numerous and complex that none of the districts studied met all the state's requirements.

The report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office recommends districts be permitted to focus on developing an action plan for a set of high-priority areas rather than all eight targets specified by the state.

The study also recommends the state more closely monitor district plans for low-income and English learner students. The review found some districts provided limited information on what funding they will provide those student groups.

The local control funding formula is designed to steer additional money to schools with the highest levels of disadvantaged students.

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