April 4, 2017 - John Fensterwald of EdSource reports on the complaint that Public Advocates…
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is violating state law by misallocating more than $40 million of state education funding that is specifically designed to increase or improve services for low-income students, English language learners and foster youth. Public Advocates, Inc. has filed a complaint against LBUSD and the Los Angeles County of Education on behalf of Children’s Defense Fund California (CDF-CA), Latinos in Action and parents of low-income and English learner students.
The complaint asserts that LBUSD is not meeting the promise of equity in the new school funding law known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by failing to increase and improve services for the high need students who generate additional funds for the district called “supplemental and concentration” grants. Instead, the district has approved allocations for everyday basic instructional services that do not specially address the neediest populations, including $17 million in Common Core instructional materials, $2.5 million for technology infrastructure, and $21.4 million in teacher and staff salary increases and benefits districtwide.