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Calif. OKs new school funding template

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California education officials have adopted rules governing how school districts will be able to spend the money they get based on how many disadvantaged students they have.

The State Board of Education unanimously approved the regulations on Thursday after hearing from more than 320 superintendents, school board members, parents, students and other supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to direct more of the state's education dollars to students who are low-income, learning to speak English or living in foster care.

The rules require districts to devote the extra money they receive for their high-needs student populations to improving and expanding services specifically for those students. But they also give local officials latitude to decide which programs and strategies would work best.

The governor himself dropped by the marathon meeting to endorse the proposal.

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