By Dan Walters
The struggle over how – and if – California schools will be held accountable for results of a revised school finance formula will be rejoined this week in the state Board of Education.
The state’s education establishment, contending that the old system is too simplistic and punitive, likes the switch.
However, education reform and civil rights groups continue to press for stricter monitoring of how schools are spending the billions of extra dollars they are receiving to upgrade achievements of poor and English-learner students.
They contend that without stricter accountability, including test results, there is no way to know whether the 3.5 million kids being targeted for extra attention are, in fact, getting it or if the funds are being diverted into other areas, such as salary increases.