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Focus on Fifteen: California’s new funding formula sends more money to schools with foster youth, kids learning English and students from low-income families. To assess how well it’s working, CALmatters examined the 15 largest districts where nine out of 10 kids qualify for extra cash. We scrutinized these school systems to judge the policy’s effectiveness so far because if it’s not working for them, it’s not working where it’s needed most. Below you’ll find more information about the districts and what poverty looks like for each of them.

Every person has a right to inspect any public record during a public agency’s normal business hours. That’s what the California’s Public Records Act promises, with a few exceptions, but it’s not what I got in January when I visited two Los Angeles County school districts and asked to review their budgets.

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