Follow the money: Are changes coming for California’s school funding law?

Galvanized by a state audit that criticized California’s lax oversight of school spending, legislators are ringing in the new decade with proposals that would require the state to follow the money that districts get to educate disadvantaged kids.

Assembly Bills 1834 and 1835, introduced this week, mark the latest effort by lawmakers to bolster transparency under the so-called Local Control Funding Formula, the landmark 2013 law that overhauled how the state funds public schools.

The bills by Democratic Assemblywomen Shirley Weber of San Diego and Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton focus on the formula’s central tenet — that more money should go to students who face higher hurdles. And they take up the central complaint of the November audit: that it’s too hard to tell whether especially challenged districts are spending their money the way they’re supposed to. Click here to read more: