August 21 | Sacramento Bee

By Dan Walters

When Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark overhaul of school finance – aimed at shifting more money into educating poor and English-learner students – was making its way through the Legislature this year, a big issue was whether the extra funds should go to school districts or the schools with large concentrations of the targeted kids.

Advocates for the extra spending feared that if it went to the districts, it could be siphoned off into higher teacher salaries or other broad forms of spending rather than devoted to the students who needed extra academic attention to catch up with their more affluent classmates.