Calif. educators ready to invest money in its neediest students

$18 billion expected in future based on student #s

SAN FRANCISCO - California education officials are set to take up rules aimed at making good on Gov. Jerry Brown's promise to invest in the state's future by directing more money to the neediest students.

The State Board of Education plans to vote Thursday on emergency regulations that spell out how school districts may use the $18 billion expected to flow to them in coming years based on the number of students they have who are low-income, learning to speak English or living in foster care.

The proposal represents a compromise between districts that wanted maximum flexibility in deciding how to spend the money, and civil rights advocates who worried the infusion would never reach children in need.

It requires districts to devote the extra money to improving programs specifically for high-needs students.

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