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Coalition says L.A. Unified underfunds neediest students

Coalition says L.A. Unified underfunds neediest students

The Los Angeles school system is improperly diverting money meant for students who need it most, including those from low-income families, according to a coalition of local groups. 

The criticism, which echoes that of state officials, centers on hundreds of millions of dollars in increased state funding that is supposed to benefit students who are among the most challenging to educate and who have persistently lagged behind academically: low-income students, students learning English and those in the foster-care system.

Providing extra resources for these students is a centerpiece of funding reforms pushed through by Gov. Jerry...

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