San Diego Unified School District has been facing scrutiny over funding among its schools.

The concern boils down to what happens to the dollars raised by school-specific nonprofit groups, and whether that pot of money evens things out for schools that don’t get as much state or federal funding as those with higher populations of low-income students.

In 2011, San Diego Unified schools accumulated a total of $6.5 million from 55 different foundations. That money was used to pay for whatever an individual school needed, including salaries, field trips or various programs. But schools like La Jolla High and Scripps Ranch have been far outraising others in the district, leaving a big gap in support for schools in the middle.

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In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7′s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego‘s Mario Koran laid out a few reasons why some schools are getting stiffed and what some of the restrictions are when schools receive money from various funds.

Ana Ceballos is a reporting intern at Voice of San Diego. She can be reached at

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