Students Gain With New Funding Formula

The Local Control Funding Formula that took place in 2013 is seeing positive effects for schools in Marin County. Two of the county’s largest school districts — Novato Unified and San Rafael City Schools —have been able to assist low-income students, foster students, and English learners thanks to this restructuring in funding.

The LCFF was meant to bring California schools back to the level they were at in 2008, before the recession eliminated millions in funding. For Novato Unified, the recession depleted $50 million for funding for that district.

The new formula has been beneficial for the district’s nearly 3,000 students that are low-income, foster students, or English learners — about 38 percent of the district’s student population.

The San Rafael City Schools District, where 46 percent of its elementary school students are English learners, is reeling from the new funding. The district has been able to spend about $700,000 this past year to fund the Sobrato Early Academic Language program, which will help teachers educate bilingual learners.

Read more at Marin Independent Journal