Alameda school officials got a picture this week of what Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed new K-12 funding plan will mean for them. In January, Brown said that he wanted the state to give more money to schools with higher numbers of poor students and students learning English.
On Wednesday, the California Department of Finance released funding projections based on Brown’s idea.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown’s proposal may forge unusual political alliances as lawmakers in rural districts make common cause with colleagues from urban districts, and Democratic and Republican legislators from the suburbs marshal a united front against a plan that gives their constituents less money.
Like everything else related to school funding, Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula is complicated, but it essentially awards more money to schools with more poor students, more foster youth, and more students who are still learning English. Here's a clear description of the plan from EdSource.
If the Legislature approves the plan, it would be fully realized in the 2019-20 school year. No school district would get less than it received this school year.
District 2011-12 per student revenue from formula derived sources
2019-20 per student revenue from formula derived sources
% IncreaseAlameda USD $6,381 $9,379 47% NEA Community Learning Center $5,793 $8,425 45% Academy of Alameda $5,846 $9,215 57% Alameda Community Learning Center $6,070 $8,659 42% Bay Area School of Enterprise $7,441 $11,746 58% Albany USD $6,050 $8,926 47.5% Berkeley USD $7,376 $9,932 34% Oakland USD $7,091 $10,951 54% Piedmont USD $6,086 $8,237 35% West Contra Costa USD $6,575 $10,836 64% Source: California Department of Finance