March 11 | Sacramento Bee

By Dan Walters

The Local Control Funding Formula is Jerry Brown’s experiment in closing the “achievement gap” in California’s public schools separating poor and “English learner” students from their more privileged classmates.

Persuaded by Michael Kirst, an education scholar, his longtime friend and president of the State Board of Education, Brown championed a radical change in state school aid that provides more money to districts with large numbers of “at-risk” students, to be spent on improving their learning.

Curiously, however, Brown and Kirst have been very reluctant to account for how the extra billions of dollars have been spent, or whether they have, in fact, narrowed the achievement gap.

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