LCFF Weekly News Roundup for April 14, 2014

Following the school funding formula: Making reform work in California EdSource, April 16, 2014

EdSource is tracking the implementation of LCFF in seven school districts across California: East Side Union High, Merced City, Natomas Unified, San Bernardino City Unified, San Diego Unified, Santa Ana Unified, and West Contra Costa Unified.

Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending EdSource, April 15, 2014

Now that outreach to community stakeholders is required by law, school districts must figure out how to organize and use the large volume of input they are receiving.

 Q & A: Engaging the Latino parent community New America Media, April 11, 2014

A San Francisco Unified School District parent answers questions about the importance of parent involvement, especially from the parents of high needs students. Ms. Ramirez says that parents need to "get to know the educational system and fight for their children."

Local Control Funding Formula: A comprehensive approach to improving outcomes for high-needs students The Advancement Project, April 10, 2014

The Advancement Project and its partner organizations,  Community Coalition, and Inner City Struggle, have developed an "aggregate student needs index," a research-based ranking of the highest needs schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The groups proposes that the index be used to more equitably distribute LCFF funds. You can view a map of the highest-need schools in LAUSD here and can learn how need was calculated, here.

Leg panel rejects local control over specialized ed programs Cabinet Report, April 9, 2014

 An Assembly budget panel decided to keep funds for agriculture education and career technical training for high school students separate from LCFF, for fear that the increased flexibility would lead to less funding for such programs

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