It is not a ‘winners and losers’ proposition. Because California trails the nation in per pupil spending, all our schools are suffering. This cost of living adjustment will absolutely help the most challenged districts in our wealthiest counties, and bring them (somewhat) up to the level of our less costly counties.
It will also honor the stated intent of the legislation passed back in the early 90’s to create the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund, often called ERAF (more on that here), instead of penalizing schools for being located in wealthy counties with significant property tax revenue.
Non-school beneficiaries that have been using funds in ERAF may argue local schools don’t need the money.…but it’s time to make them say that in public. They know and we do that we all win when we invest in our schools.