A Big Night for Santa Ana School Funding

A new state-mandated funding plan for Santa Ana schools, which previosuly lacked key details on how the money would be spent, is up for public testimony on Tuesday night.

Additionally, Santa Ana Unified School District officials will hold a public hearing for a new $432 million overall budget.

Under California’s new school funding system, known as the Local Control Funding Formula, school districts are supposed to proactively work with the public on how to spend millions in extra funds for high-needs students. Among other things, they must establish local accountability plans.

But when Santa Ana Unified’s draft plan was introduced last month, a top official noted that key elements of document were missing, such as projected price tags and actions to achieve its goals.

Similar concerns have been expressed about accountability plans across the state, with many of the documents being filled with technical language and a lack of details for how the funds will be used.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, members of the public can give testimony before board members refine and adopt the plan.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

A presentation about the proposed funding plan, as well as a copy of the plan, starts on page 163 of this document.

A basic overview of the proposed budget is available on page 198 of the same document.

You can reach Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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