Public School Funding
Student’s needs vary. Equitable funding means providing more resources to those with the greatest challenges: low-income students, English language learners and foster youth.
Our state cannot provide a quality education to every student as required by the California Constitution unless it invests enough funds and resources to do so, and in an equitable way.
Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.
California is the first state in the country to measure school success using a wider range of information on student outcomes.
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.
This lawsuit charges that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is violating state law by refusing to use state education funds specifically targeted to help low-income students, English language learners and foster youth to increase or improve services for those students, subverting both the letter and spirit of the 2013 education finance reform law known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Measuring Our Success to Keep Schools Accountable
There must be clear standards set for evaluating schools, school districts and education officials to make sure that our education goals are met.
- Advocating for measurement standards and rubrics pursuant to LCFF with CA State Board of Education
- Accountability at the county and district level : Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs)
This lawsuit charges that California’s failure to adequately fund its schools so that every student has a reasonable opportunity to obtain a meaningful education that prepares them for college is a violation of their fundamental right to education under the California Constitution’s Education and Equal Protection Clauses.
Refers to three cases decided by the California Supreme Court: Serrano v. Priest, 5 Cal.3d 584 (1971) (Serrano I); Serrano v. Priest, 18 Cal.3d 728 (1976) (Serrano II); and Serrano v. Priest, 20 Cal.3d 25 (1977) (Serrano III).