Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Low-income student spending back up for debate

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.

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BOND, HOUSING BOND: In June, voters authorized the use of $600 million in unspent bonds to fund transitional housing and services for homeless veterans. Now the state must decide where that money will be used. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program begins a series of meetings across the state today to discuss which regions have the greatest need for intervention. The first takes place in Oakland, 10 a.m. at the Elihu M. Harris Building, and a meeting will be held in Sacramento on July 21.

CULTIVATING CARE: The Government Action and Communication Institute sponsors a briefing on improving access to health care for farm workers, few of whom receive employer benefits and many of whom are not eligible for public programs, 1 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol.

HAPPY HOUR: Alumni of Sacramento State’s Capital Fellows Program, which provides California government internships for college students, host a summer mixer for the Capitol community starting at 5 p.m. at MiX Downtown on L Street.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 2:22 p.m. to clarify that the State Board of Education adopted emergency regulations for its new school funding formula in January,