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June 11, 2018
More than a year after Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA), Latinos in Action, and two parents initiated a complaint against Long Beach Unified School District for misallocating more than $40 million of state funding, an agreement was reached last month that will provide improved services for low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth. The complaint asserted that LBUSD was not meeting its legal obligations or the promise of equity in the new school funding law known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by failing to increase and improve services for the high-need students who generate additional funds for the district. Instead, the district had approved allocations for everyday basic instructional services that do not specifically address the neediest populations.
Over the next three years, the settlement provides additional funding for enhanced mental health and social emotional services as well as extended tutoring in math and English Language Arts to 30 of the district’s highest need schools. In addition, the agreement supports improved community engagement in LCAP development and monitoring, including fall and spring community forums co-hosted with complainants to engage the community in the review of LCAP data and impact planning, as well as improved sharing of information about the LCAP. The settlement represents a coming together of all the parties to achieve a common goal of helping the school district’s highest-need students to close achievement gaps as they prepare for college and career.