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California is Rewarding Failing Schools and Punishing Those Attracting Students


California’s school finance reforms have been lauded across the country in recent years, but state legislators now seem to be putting politics ahead of kids by deciding to fund schools this fall based on last year’s attendance figures. And while it’s unlikely they’ll reverse course, there’s still hope to help those students.


California’s Local Control Funding Formula is a model school finance system because it allocates dollars based on students’ needs and where they enroll. This means that school districts and public charter schools that attract an influx of students, often because they’re serving families effectively, get additional funding to accommodate that growth when money follows the children to their schools.


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