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Los Angeles Unified accuses state of 'shortchanging' needy students

from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Unified accused state education officials of "shortchanging" the school district's impoverished students, saying they could be prevented from receiving all of the estimated $200 million due them under a new school funding system. Edgar Zazueta, L.A. Unified's chief lobbyist, said new rules requiring school districts to verify each needy student's family income in order to receive extra state dollars for them could result in a major undercount. So far, the district has received only 22 percent of the 138,000 verification forms sent out last month to students in 380 low-income schools, he said, with the initial deadline looming. more

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