It’s an exciting time for California schools. After years of painful cuts, our state is finally investing in education again—and we’re doing it the right way, directing new funds where they’re needed most.
California’s new Fair School Funding, formally called the Local Control Funding Formula, will send more state dollars to support students who are low-income, English learners, and foster youth. The law also includes a broader definition of school success, so schools won’t be judged by test scores alone. To drive academic success, schools must also develop plans to improve student engagement and parent involvement, and create more positive learning environments. And the law gives parents, community leaders, and students themselves the opportunity to help set priorities and guide local decision making.
The School Success Express was a series of 12 community forums that provided the opportunity to meet with state and local education leaders to discuss how California's new Fair School Funding law could improve our schools. You can learn more about the achievements of the School Success Express here. Aprenda más sobre los logros del Express al Exito Escolar aquí.
As a health foundation, we know that physical and mental health issues stand in the way of achievement for too many kids. When children come to school hungry, struggling to breathe because of asthma, or traumatized by things going on at home, they can't focus and learn. The forums were an opportunity to highlight the importance of investing in health as a strategy for academic achievement.
What We’re Doing
- Sharing what we learned at community forums where parents, students, and community leaders expressed their vision for school success.
- Helping communities hold school districts accountable, ensuring that new funds are used only to support improved achievement for high-needs students.
- Training for parents and students to familiarize them with the new law and how they can get involved.
Learn about our other Schools Key Issues: Healthier School Foods and Beverages, Exercise During the School Day, and Social-Emotional Health for Students