School funding increase to be discussed Wed.

Written by Triplicate Staff November 13, 2013 02:36 pm

California Endowment representatives will be in Del Norte County on Wednesday to discuss a new law that is expected to bring more money to local schools.

The state’s Local Control Funding Formula, also known as the Fair School Funding law, will allocate education funding partially based on a school district’s percentage of low-income students, English language learners and foster children, according to the California Endowment’s press release.

The California Endowment is visiting 12 communities as part of its School Success Express bus tour to discuss the new law with the public.

The Del Norte County Unified School District’s funding is expected to increase by 58.7 percent per student, according to the California Endowment. If student enrollment holds steady, the district’s budget would increase by $13.36 million per year once the law takes full effect in the 2020–21 school year. The Fair School Funding law was approved in July, according to the press release.

The event will take place from 5–7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cultural Center in Crescent City. Dinner and child care will be provided.

There will be shuttle transportation from Smith River, picking up at the Howonquet Community Center at 101 Indian Court from 3:50–4 p.m. It will stop at La Joya Mexican Market on U.S. Highway 101 from 4:05–4:15 p.m. and at Smith River Elementary School, 564 First St., from 4:20 to 4:30 p.m. The shuttle will also stop at the old Ray’s Food Place building, 301 Fred Haight Drive, from 4:35 to 4:45 p.m. 

Del Norte (and adjacent tribal lands) has been one of the 14 communities working with California Endowment Building Healthy Communities. For more information, call 465-1238 or visit www.bhcconnect.org/bhcdnatl.