Governor Jerry Brown recently put out a new proposal on how to fund schools across the state. The formula would give all districts a base grant, then add an extra 35 percent of that for each student who is low-income, struggling with English or in foster care. Essentially, inner-city school districts will get more money, while suburban, tonier districts will get less. The new proposal has some critics crying foul.
Is it fair? Should school districts across the state receive the same amount of backing? Is the state penalizing wealthier school districts?
Lydia Cano, deputy superintendent of business affairs for the Palos Verdes Unified School District
Alex Alvarez, Chief Administrative Officer of Business Services for Compton Unified School District