San Mateo Daily Journal
The governor’s proposal for streamlining the funding system for education has the hope of giving local control — but the details leave officials unsure of the possible impacts.
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget that includes $2.7 billion more for K-12 education and community colleges, for a total of $56.2 billion. The funding boost comes from the recent statewide tax hikes. The real changes come from Brown’s push to simplify how schools are funded. Called the Local Control Funding Formula, the idea is to have a base per pupil amount with the opportunity to get more money based on the number of students who are English language learners and eligible for free or reduced lunch. Basic aid districts, which have more than the per-pupil funding through property taxes — which would be most districts in San Mateo County — can keep the funds.