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By Will Fritz
Associate Editor 

Coronavirus likely to have 'brutal' budgetary fallout on school districts


Last updated 5/1/2020 at 12:43am

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause a huge budgetary problem for California school districts. The problem is, no one knows for sure how bad things could end up looking.

School districts in California get most of their funding from the state, through something called the Local Control Funding Formula. The state gives each district the same level of base funding per student, depending on grade level, and it can grant more depending on levels of high-need populations like low-income students, students in foster care and English learners.

That formula mostly leaves school budgets at t...

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