A year ago, the California Legislature approved far-reaching changes to public school funding, giving more power to local districts and additional resources for disadvantaged students. Now, as districts come up with plans to implement the new “Local Control Funding Formula,” battle lines are forming over how the new money should best be spent. We’ll discuss the status of the new law, which will be discussed at a State Board of Education meeting on July 9.
Pecolia Manigo, program director with the Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network
Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University
Jonathan Kaplan, senior policy analyst for the California Budget Project, a public policy research group
Juan Cruz, associate superintendent at East Side Union High School District in San Jose