October 10 | San Jose Mercury News

By Sharon Noguchi

Just over a year after Gov. Jerry Brown gave schools more money in exchange for their commitment to spend more on the neediest students and involve parents in setting priorities, some schools have made dramatic changes in line with his intentions, while others have dipped into the larger pool of funds to pay for pet projects.

Schools have added translators and other help for parents, tutoring and alternatives to discipline, a sampling of Bay Area schools shows -- but many also are investing in buildings, trying to divert funds to teacher salaries and ignoring their poorest students.


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