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Legal Challenge Points to Inequities in Funding Among School Districts

March 01, 1987|Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers say that large inequities remain in the amount of money given to various California school districts, despite school formulas aimed at closing the gap.

More than a decade of financing reforms have failed to give children in poorer areas the same quality of education as students in wealthier neighborhoods, says a brief filed with the state Supreme Court by the East Palo Alto Community Law Project.

The law center filed the brief Friday on behalf of the Ravenswood City School District, a largely minority district in San Mateo County. The court is to consider the brief and other arguments at a hearing April 9.

The brief said Ravenswood received the equivalent of nearly $1,300 per student less than the predominantly white Las Lomitas district in Atherton. As a result, the document said, Las Lomitas receives $5 million more per year than Ravenswood, even though Ravenswood has more students.

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