Researchers Find Wide Variations in Understanding, Implementing CA’s School Funding Formula

May 1, 2017 by John Fensterwald at EdSource

Researchers who closely examined the impact of the state’s funding formula in eight school districts found a continued commitment to the goals of the new system but an uneven implementation and “consistent misunderstandings and confusion” of fundamental aspects of the law.

The researchers reported that some of the districts, faced with rising costs and declining enrollments, are channeling money intended for students targeted for extra resources under the Local Control Funding Formula to basic expenses.

While acknowledging policy leaders’ impatience to see results three years after the law’s adoption, the eight researchers in the Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative urged leaders to “stay the course.”

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