California schools fear losing funds for lowincome students

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

New state income-verification rules could cost California schools millions in funding for low-income students, some district officials say.

Hundreds of families have yet to turn in income verification forms in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and elsewhere, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Many districts are urging the state to guarantee them all funding due this year, based on last year's count of lowincome students. Under the new rules, districts are receiving extra money for students who are low-income, learning English or in foster care. The additional funding amounts to about $2,800 per pupil in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

State officials say the rules are necessary to ensure the extra dollars go to those who actually qualify for them. Districts argue verifying incomes every year is too time-consuming.

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