Despite Bumps, California’s New School Funding System Gets Praise


The Huffington Post (8/5, Diepenbrock) carries a 3,145-word article from The Hechinger Report on the challenges and seemingly ever-changing rules associated with California’s new system of school funding that “gives schools their first significant authority over spending since the late 1970s.” The state was slow to issue rules for the system, educators say, and some groups complain that some districts failed to achieve the system’s goals of better serving students with the most needs, setting goals that were measurable, or clearly show how programs would meet goals, yet there is “nearly universal praise” for “bringing educators closer to their communities and providing insight into what the state’s neediest students require.”