LCFF Weekly News Roundup for April 21, 2014

South L.A. and East L.A. demand LAUSD target LCFF dollars toward high need schools Eastern Group Publications News, April 24, 2014

Students, community groups, and others advocate for LAUSD to use a Student Need Index to allocate LCFF money among its schools, whose levels of need vary greatly. The data-based Index has identified the 242 schools within LAUSD with the highest needs, most of which are located in the City's Eastside, Southside, or in its Northeast Valley.

Californians like Common Core education, finance overhaul  The Sacramento Bee, April 23, 2014

A recent poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that more than half 68% of all adults and 71% of parents of public school students believe that LCFF funds will improve the academic performance of high need students. When asked whether they were confident that the money would be spent wisely, 53% of all adults and 57% of the parents of public school students answered affirmatively.

LCFF Impact on California English Learners, low-income, and foster youth Ballard & Tighe, April 23, 2014

Ballard & Tighe Publishes has released an infographic  illustrating how LCFF works and outlining some of the LCAP requirements relative to the three target student groups. The infographic also includes information around how new LCFF regulations interact with federal regulations around funding for English Language learners (ELLs). You may view and download the infographic here.

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs EdSource, April 20, 2014

State and county education officials say they will provide limited oversight for this initial year of LCAP submission, looking mainly for adherence to the LCAP template, evidence that the district have the revenue to meet the commitments laid out in the plan, and that the plan sufficiently explains how the district will improve or expand services for high need students.

Ed Trust-West releases its fourth annual report cards Ed Trust-West, April 2014

Ed Trust-West's annual district report cards grade and rank California’s largest unified districts on academic and college readiness outcomes for Latino, African-American, and low-income students. They also provide additional information that may be helpful to parents, students, and other community stakeholders in their LCFF advocacy, such as  the percentage and/or number of low income, foster youth, and English Learner students in the district. You can generate report cards for school districts here.

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