By Jacqueline Carr
Minutes after arriving in Sacramento, a University High School Junior, Tristan Malhotra, was speaking in front of the California Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. Malhotra was one of 22 students from the five Irvine high schools who traveled to the California state Capitol on March 10 to lobby on behalf of IUSD on education issues.
“While this program has been ongoing for nearly 10 years, this is the first time our students have actually had the opportunity to speak at a hearing,” said Irvine High School Social Studies Department Chairperson, Jon Resendez.
When the students first arrived they observed the hearing, then the Subcommittee Chair, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty opened up the floor for public comments. The IUSD contingency quickly jumped at the opportunity to have their voices heard.
Malhotra talked about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) from the perspective of IUSD and said, “districts like mine, IUSD, are funded $2,000 (per year per student) under the state average.” The LCFF allocates funding levels to school districts based on various criteria, and Irvine’s share per student is one of the lowest in the state.
Also speaking at the hearing was Superintendent Terry Walker, who said, “We’re trying to make sure …read more
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