California's largest district faces fiscal uncertainty despite infusion of state funds
After a year of dire warnings, California's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is finally taking steps to address budget deficits projected to exceed a half billion dollars by the 2019-20 school year. As her first major undertaking since replacing Ramon Cortines in January, Superintendent Michelle King has appointed four staff working groups to tackle long-standing structural issues threatening to drive the district over a financial cliff. The trouble awaits even as the state economy is improving, more money is reaching the district through Gov. Brown's Local Control Funding Formula and the school board is taking a new hard line against the growth of independent charter schools.
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