Many Valley schools are benefiting from a revised state funding law that identifies students with the greatest needs and provides extra money for their education.
The Local Control Funding Formula provides bonus money to districts that have a preponderance of students who are low income, learning English or living in a foster home. Unlike in the past when the state dictated how the money should be spent, districts now can design programs to meet locally determined needs.
Not everyone approves of the funding formula, which critics say can shortchange some of the state’s neediest students.
This edition of Eye on Education focuses on the Local Control Funding Formula, putting a spotlight on specific programs that are designed to help at-risk students reach their potential to be academically successful.
Eye on Education, which launched in March 2014, is a quarterly series of special sections in The Bee that focus on education issues. Previous issues have targeted career technical education, technology in schools and early childhood education. In March 2015, Eye on Education will examine the wide variety of school options that Valley students can choose from — charters, magnets, online and traditional schools.