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Conflict Emerging on Flexibility of Gov. Brown’s Funding Formula

LA School Report | October 24, 2013

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LCFFVia SI&A Cabinet Report | By Tom Chorneau

In selling the landmark restructuring of school finance to the public and skeptical educators, Gov. Jerry Brown emphasized two seemingly compatible themes.

One, that more money needed to go to the neediest students as a matter of civil justice. And two, that local school boards – not Sacramento – should have more authority over the lion’s share of the spending decisions.

But in recent weeks, a glaring inconsistency has emerged as Brown’s state board of education scrambles to meet a looming deadline to provide schools regulatory guidance on how to use money provided under the new Local Control Funding Formula.

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