Parents, community members to have new responsibility for Oakland (Calif.) schools

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Oakland residents, particularly parents of students in Oakland public schools and elected board of education officials, will have a lot more responsibility about the education being delivered in Oakland schools starting this September than they have for the past three decades.

With Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013-2014 budget, approved by the Legislature’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, a so-called Local Control Funding Formula was instituted for how money flows to schools.

That formula “is basically a change in the distribution of state money for education to local school districts in which local school districts will decide how it flows in many ways to local schools,” described the formula’s architect, Michael Kirst, president of the California Board of Education, speaking at a tele-briefing organized by EdSource.

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