September 18 | Center for Public Integrity

By Susan Ferriss

California is a couple of years into a closely watched effort aimed at providing more help to  disadvantaged students—kids identified as low-income, English-as-a-Second-Language learners, homeless or in foster care.

But a new report released Thursday argues that the huge Los Angeles school district isn’t investing enough of those state dollars in the children they are intended to support.  Last school year, the report argues, even after receiving $820 million in earmarked funds—on top of other state dollars—the district spent only 3 percent of its total $6.4 billion budget on “direct services, specifically focused on” on the four target groups of children.

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