The state gives more money to school districts with higher numbers of impoverished and vulnerable students. But it remains difficult to gauge exactly what some of the money pays for and the effectiveness of some positions and programs funded. In San Diego Unified, funds for those students have been spent on “copy paper,” “conferences” and “supplies.”

It’s a rare problem in Sacramento – or anywhere – when legislators agree too much on an issue. But that’s what’s happening, in a way, when it comes to the long list of bills being offered in the Legislature this session that address human trafficking, including measures from several members of the San Diego delegation. […]

A new study found that the number of parent and community-led private fundraising groups is snowballing. In California, private fundraising has become a way for parents to raise money for their kids’ schools and compensate for inadequacies in state funding.

The district went on a listening tour before drafting a plan for how it will approach the state’s new local funding measure. But parents and stakeholders say that instead of incorporating that feedback, the district simply rehashed its existing Vision 2020 plan.

A growing coalition wants to help monitor how San Diego Unified schools spends LCFF funds from the state. The funding setup is new, but wariness about how the district divvies out money isn’t.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new school funding plan requires each district to create an accountability plan. But some parents and outside groups believe their efforts at holding San Diego Unified accountable haven’t always been taken seriously.

The state is rolling out its new plan for divvying up education funds. The gist: The state will give districts more money to pay for needier students who cost more to educate.