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Budgeting From the Blacktop: How One School Is Trying To Bridge Inequities

Gabriel Salcedo/KQED

Principal Daniel Rolleri checks in with the school’s behavioral specialist during recess at Oak Ridge Elementary.

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Ana Tintocalis | The California Report

School starts in 10 minutes at Oak Ridge Elementary in Sacramento. Principal Daniel Rolleri is on the blacktop greeting students as he usually does.

Oak Ridge is like many other campuses in cities across the Golden State. The students are mostly poor. Many are struggling to learn English. Others don’t speak it at all.

“There’s a vicious cycle of poverty, there’s a vicious cycle of difficult situations going on in our families’ lives,” says Rolleri, as he makes his final rounds before the bell rings. “Education needs to be the greatest equalizer for our students to succeed in life.”

Rolleri is now tasked with steering the school’s finances under California’s bold new experiment in school finance known as the Local Control Funding Formula enacted three years ago.

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