LAUSD isn’t properly keeping track of $1 billion for high-needs students, complaint alleges

The Los Angeles Unified School District is not giving the public enough information about how schools use more than $1 billion a year in state funding meant for high-needs students, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the California Department of Education.

These dollars are part of a funding formula that California implemented during Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure. Districts receive extra money for each student who is low-income, an English learner or a foster youth.

L.A. Unified is the state’s largest school district by far, and most students fall into one of the three categories. The funding accounts for about 15% of the district’s annual budget, and the community is supposed to be involved in how the money is spent.

“You’re not having a meaningful conversation with the community because what you’re putting out is such crap, the community doesn’t know what’s in your plan,” said John Affeldt, managing attorney at Public Advocates, one of the law firms that filed the complaint on behalf of two L.A. Unified parents. “They don’t know how much you’re spending on particular items.” Click here to read more: