In new legal complaint, parents say LAUSD is failing to ensure high-needs students are getting the funding they deserve

L.A. Unified and its county overseers have failed to ensure that high-needs students are receiving the more than $1 billion annually they are due in state funding, a new legal complaint claims.

So the complaint, filed Thursday on behalf of two L.A. Unified parents, is asking the state to force the district to be more transparent in its budget and spending plans.

The Public Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP law firms filed the complaint with the California Department of Education. The two firms, along with ACLU of Southern California, last sued the district in 2015 for allegedly misallocating $450 million annuallyin funds designated for high-needs students. They won, with the resulting 2017 settlement prompting a $150 million payout over three years to 50 of the district’s highest-needs schools.

It’s unclear what impact the new complaint could have, as the state has yet to respond.

The complaint cites “fundamental” transparency concerns in particular with L.A. Unified’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 Local Control and Accountability plans. Click here to read more: