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A Look at What Gov. Brown's New School Funding Proposal Means for Alameda Schools

State officials released district-level details about a plan to give more money to poorer schools.

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

% Increase

Alameda 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
AlamedaMama February 22, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Ruby Bridges is included in the Alameda USD (Unified School District).
Lauren Do February 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Ruby Bridges is part of the large Alameda USD (Unified School District), the other Alameda schools are charter schools and therefore receive separate funding. BTW, BASE charter school is missing from this list.
AUSD parent February 22, 2013 at 08:34 PM
The list only appears to specifiy the Alameda charter schools that are currently active. I wonder how the governor's proposal would affect the Junior Jets program, and Maya Lin, which are both supposed to open in the fall.
Alex Gronke February 22, 2013 at 08:48 PM
thanks- just added BASE to the table.
Jennifer B. Afdahl Rice February 23, 2013 at 01:14 PM
It would be helpful to add a current funding column for FY12-13 (or FY11-12).

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