The State Board of Education adopted emergency regulations in January for the new “Local Control Funding Formula,” which allocates millions of extra dollars to school districts to support low-income and English learner students, as debate raged over how the money would be spent.
While civil rights groups and other advocates wanted tighter oversight of the funds, to ensure they were used on the children they were intended to help, school districts sought more flexibility. State officials have continued to work toward a compromise and updated draft regulations in late June further defined how the law will be implemented at the local level.
The board will be taking public comments on its proposal during a meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Department of Education on N Street. Expect plenty of disagreement, as many education advocacy groups have argued that the regulations still don’t require enough accountability from school districts on their spending plans.
Activists from Californians for Justice and the Student Voice Campaign, unhappy that students have been left out of the decision-making process, are among those who will be voicing their displeasure, with a march and rally outside the Department of Education at 11:30 a.m.