Schools with fewer needy students decry California funding change

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ah Ram Kim is a 17-year-old high school student learning to read English at a first-grade level with the book "The Little Red Hen."

Newly arrived from South Korea, she is one of 170 students, who are from Mexico, Vietnam, Egypt, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, at Torrance's North High who are struggling to catch up.

Although Kim has the same academic needs as limited-English speakers in a nearby school district in Lawndale, North High's school district, Torrance Unified, is slated to receive less than half as many dollars under Gov. Jerry Brown's school funding overhaul.

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