Community forum for school funding tonight

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate February 04, 2014 02:47 pm

The California Endowment will hold a second community forum tonight to gather input about the new funding formula for California schools.

The Local Control Funding Formula, also known as the Fair School Funding Law, allocates education funding to districts based on their percentage of low-income students, English language learners and foster children. 

State education spending is expected to increase $18 billion over the next eight years, according to information provided by the California
Endowment. 

Students, teachers, parents and other community members Tuesday will be asked to provide input as Del Norte County Unified School District develops its Local Accountability Plan. The district will need to address student achievement, implementation of the Common Core State Standards and guarantee well-maintained schools and up-to-date instructional materials and student engagement.

District officials are expected to receive the specific instructions from the state in March. The Board of Trustees will have to submit the Local Accountability Plan to the California Department of Education by July.

Del Norte County Unified School District’s base revenue for the 2013-14 school year is $6,808 per student, or $21.6 million total, according to Superintendent Don Olson. The district is expected to receive $10,740 per student, or $31.5 million, when the Local Control Funding Formula is fully implemented in 2020-21.

The community forum will start with dinner at 5 p.m. tonight at the Crescent City Cultural Center. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and translation will be provided.

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