Report: California should coordinate aid for disadvantaged learners

About half of all California public school children are considered economically disadvantaged, but $9 billion worth of programs directed at them are virtual failures, according to a new report from the state legislature's budget analyst. Because the programs are disconnected and don't focus on the roots of students' poverty, they should be overhauled to concentrate resources on students who need the most help, says Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters.

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