Schools need flexibility in funding decisions

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “Don’t squander promise of new school funding” (Editorials, Jan. 14): The Bee correctly noted the California State Board of Education deserves credit for listening to education stakeholders’ valuable input regarding Local Control Funding Formula regulations. That input improved the product, and millions of California students will benefit. However, the editorial mistakenly suggests major loopholes remain. All districts will have to demonstrate how they are enhancing services for disadvantaged students and improving educational outcomes. Specific steps each district will take to reach those goals are not prescribed – nor should they be. As The Bee has recognized when praising outgoing Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, innovation should be encouraged in district efforts to address local circumstances and properly serve students. The draft regulations before the State Board keep the conversation focused on how local districts can best address the achievement gaps in schools and improve outcomes for all children.

-- David W. Gordon, Sacramento, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools

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