June 22 | Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators made history in overhauling California's antiquated, confusing system for funding public schools. Now what? The work of legislating implementation remains urgent.

If schools spend funding allocated for disadvantaged students for other purposes, how would anyone know? Legislators have not yet provided a mechanism for tracking how much money students generate for each school and, most important, how much each school actually gets from a district.

Without such school-level tracking, parents, community members, school boards and legislators cannot hold school districts accountable for ensuring that additional dollars for low-income and English learner students actually get spent on their needs.

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