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Some School Districts Concerned But Optimistic About California’s New Funding Requirements

Aired 9/27/13 on KPBS News.

The new formula for local California school districts to receive state funding has some larger districts expressing concern over family income-documentation requirements.

The new formula for local California school districts to receive state funding has some larger districts expressing concern over family income-documentation requirements.

The Local Control Funding Formula devotes a greater share of state school spending to districts with more low income and non-English speaking families.

"You have to document each child in that family and their income levels and sometimes that's very difficult to do," said Laura Duzyk, assistant superintendent of business services for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Duzyk said the challenge will be putting language-appropriate materials to parents who often have jobs where the right paperwork is not a high priority. The Los Angeles Unified School District has expressed similar concerns.

But the recent voter-approved education tax has many education officials optimistic for the first time in years. Peter Birdsall is with the County Superintendents Association of California.

"Prop. 30 stabilized things. The economy appears to be healing, so I think we're looking at several years of being able to start rebuilding programs," Birdsall said.

Most districts won't know how much LCFF money they'll be getting until January at the earliest.

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