OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland Unified, San Francisco Unified and other Bay Area school districts will see significant increases in state funding now that the legislature has passed a budget. The only thing they need now is Governor Brown’s signature.
On Friday the Legislature passed the state budget and a bill that changes state funding for California schools by giving more money to districts with high concentrations of disadvantaged students, like Oakland.
“About 79 percent of the students in Oakland are qualified as low-income and about 32 percent of our students are English-language learners or at least come from families where English is not the primary language spoken in the home,” said Troy Flint with the Oakland Unified School District.
Flint said his district is anticipating an additional $7 million from the state for the next school year, some of which will be spent implementing the Common Core Curriculum, which emphasizes certain subjects, depth of learning and project-based learning.
“It requires changes in the ways some teachers are operating currently, so there’s a lot of professional development related to the implementation of the Common Core. We’ll direct some of the funds in that way,”
Other school districts expecting increased funding once the governor signs the budget include San Francisco Unified, West Contra Costa and the Ravenswood School District.
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