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State Audit Finds 'High Needs' Student Funding Goes to General Population

Nov 15, 2019

In 2013 the state implemented the Local Control Funding Formula, a new method of funding K through 12 schools. The goals were to give districts more flexibility in how they spend funds, and to provide more resources for “high-needs” students. However, a recent state audit - which included Clovis Unified - found that billions of dollars earmarked for high-needs students are instead being used to support the general student population. FM89’s Kathleen Schock breaks down the audit with Clovis Unified Legislative Analyst Steve Ward and Fresno County Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Catania. We also hear from EdSource Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald, and Public Policy Institute of California Research Fellow Dr. Julien Lafortune.