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In normal times, the basic rule of California public school funding is simple: when a student attends a school, that school gets paid to educate them.
Back in June, state lawmakers suspended that rule, voting to freeze schools’ funding at last year’s levels for the rest of this year. They figured the last thing schools with declining enrollments needed during the COVID-19 crisis was less money.
But what about schools with enrollments that are rising? The state budget’s “hold-harmless” provisions could deny more than $500 million in funding to these growing schools and districts, according to an estimate from a group of