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State lawmakers should restore budget control to school boards

posted Jul 15, 2014, 6:45 AM by gjones@modoccoe.k12.ca.us

By: Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County Superintendent

In his 2013 State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown called upon the Legislature to embrace the principle of subsidiarity, stating "it is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at the more immediate or local level."

I could not agree more. This principle was at the heart of the governor's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was enacted a year ago as a means to put more decision-making authority in the hands of local school boards -- which are chosen by voters -- and ensure student needs drive the allocation of resources and development of programs. The educational community applauded the funding overhaul. Now, just a year later, this commitment to local control is already being jeopardized.

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