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School Finance

School Finance

CALIFORNIA’S NEW EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA: What is it? Who benefits? What does it mean for students? How can I get involved?

In July 2013, California dramatically reformed the way we fund our schools. The new law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), replaces an outdated and unfair education funding system. In this guide, we provide parents and community leaders with the information they need to ensure that LCFF is not just about local control and flexibility, but also—and most importantly—about educational justice. 

To access this community guide and additional information about LCFF in multiple languages, go to the FairShare4Kids.org website. You will also find:

LCFF Explainer Videos;
District Funding Data Tool;
LCFF One-Page Overview (English, Spanish & Chinese);
LCFF Community PowerPoint Presentation;
Advocacy Letter Campaign Tool.

Local Control Funding Formula

"Local Control Funding Formula"

By Melissa San Miguel, External Relations Associate, The Education Trust-West 

Presented: 
July 30 2013

Tipping the Scale Towards Equity: Making Weighted Student Formula Work for California’s Highest-Need Students

As the debate over school funding and weighted student formula continues to heat up in California and around the nation, The Education Trust—West releases its latest report, Tipping the Scale Towards Equity: Making Weighted Student Formula Work for California’s Highest-Need Students. Using new data submitted by school districts to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education, this report reveals disturbing school funding inequities and inconsistencies in California’s twenty largest school districts.

Publication date: 
October 25 2012

New Education Trust—West Report Exposes Stark School Funding Gaps in California’s Largest Districts; Calls for School Funding Equity and Transparency

OAKLAND, CA (October 25, 2012) – As the debate over school funding and weighted student formula continues to heat up in California and around the nation, The Education Trust—West releases its latest report, Tipping the Scale Towards Equity: Making Weighted Student Formula Work for California’s Highest-Need Students. Using new data submitted by school districts to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education, this report reveals disturbing school funding inequities and inconsistencies in California’s twenty largest school districts.

Testimony to Select Committee on English Learners on March 26, 2012, by Carrie Hahnel, Director of Research and Policy on Weighted Student Formula

Date: 
March 26, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Select Committee on English Learners

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

“Will the Weighted Student Formula Help English Learners?”

Panel on Accountability and Monitoring

 

Good afternoon, Chairman, members of the committee. I’m Carrie Hahnel, Director of Policy and Research for The Education Trust—West. We are a nonprofit advocacy group focused on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak on such a critical topic for our state’s students.

The Cruel Divide: How California’s Education Finance System Shortchanges its Poorest School Districts

A new report released today paints a step-by-step picture of startling inequities in California’s system of education funding that harm our state’s poorest school districts. In The Cruel Divide: How California’s Education Finance System Shortchanges its Poorest School Districts, The Education Trust—West reveals that California’s highest poverty districts—those with the largest concentrations of low-income students—receive $620 less per student from state and local sources than the state’s wealthiest districts. For a mid-sized school district of 6,000 students, that amounts to over $3.7 million per year.

Publication date: 
February 23 2012

Turning Back the Clock: The Inequitable Impact of Shortening California’s School Year

Today, in coordination with a broad range of advocacy organizations, the Education Trust—West, releases Turning Back the Clock: The Inequitable Impact of Shortening California’s School Year. The policy brief highlights research findings that confirm the critical importance of increased classroom time for improved student achievement, particularly for students in poverty and discusses the negative impact of decisions made to shorten California’s school year.  

Publication date: 
October 31 2011

CALIFORNIA CAN STILL CLINCH A SPOT IN THE RACE TO THE TOP

Oakland, CA) – California still has a shot at $4.35 billion in federal education stimulus dollars as part of Round Two of the Race to the Top Competition.  According to a policy brief released today by The Education Trust-West, California’s Race to the Top: A Road Map for Round Two, the Golden state can achieve second round success by quickly understanding why it lost, what other states did better, and what it must do differently to win.

STATEMENT BY THE EDUCATION TRUST—WEST ON RACE TO THE TOP WINNERS

(Oakland, CA) – The Education Trust–West congratulates Tennessee and Delaware, winners of the first round of the Race to the Top (RTTT) competition.

“Tennessee and Delaware have blazed a path for others to follow,” said Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust—West. “We call on California’s leaders to follow the lead of Tennessee and Delaware by including bold and innovative reforms in our application for the second round of Race to the Top funding.”

California's quality-blind layoffs law harms teachers and students

Factors related to job performance -- classroom management skills, the teacher's attendance and annual performance evaluation rating -- should be taken into account rather than length of service.

By Timothy Daly and Arun Ramanathan

Latimes.com

March 24, 2010