School fundraising groups say they balance the equation by drumming up money for schools that get less state and federal funds. Because this line of thinking keeps resurfacing, it’s worth a closer look.
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.
Parent-fundraising groups funnel millions of dollars into San Diego Unified schools to pay for teachers and extra programs. Group leaders say the money isn’t a fair measure of student equity, but schools that get foundation money also tend to have more experienced teachers and more leverage to keep programs and faculty they want.