October 3, 2017 – The Los Angeles County Office of Education has issued a mea culpa saying that it should not have approved the Long Beach Unified School District’s annual budget plan. The decision could have a far-reaching impact on schools across California, according to EdSource’s John Fensterwald. LBUSD was found to have misspent $24 million that was supposed to go to high need students. Under California’s new education funding law, schools receive extra funding for their high need students, but those funds must specifically support services for that group.

The decision is a result of a complaint filed by Long Beach parents and community groups, which were represented by Public Advocates. Senior staff attorney Angelica Jongco is quoted in the story.

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