LCFF Weekly News Roundup for April 28, 2014

Parents demand seat at LCFF table in LA VoiceWaves, April 28, 2014

Parents of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students shared their questions, concerns, and feedback about their level of engagement in that district's LCFF implementation process. Although they acknowledged that LAUSD has held many community meetings around LCFF, parents asked that future meetings be scheduled with consideration to parents' work schedules.

Latest Calif. school stats: grad rate up, dropout rate down Capital Public Radio, April 28, 2014

For the first time, California's high school graduation rate has surpassed the 80 percent mark. Additionally, the dropout rate dropped 1.5 percent from last year, with improvements for Latino and African American students stronger than the overall rates. State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson cited LCFF and the new LCAP as investments California is making toward accelerating further progress.

Districts may have funding flexibility to repair and improve school facilities EdSource, April 26, 2014 

Although there has been a general assumption that only base grant funds can be used to improve school facilities, that is not necessarily accurate. In order to use supplemental or concentration grand dollars on facilities, districts must answer two key questions around how these investments relate to its stated LCAP goals for high-needs students.

Parent committee questions West Contra Costa school officials about draft accountability plan EdSource, April 23, 2014

At a public meeting last week, members of the Parent Committee and community members both questioned West Contra Costa Unified School District officials around their recently-released draft LCAP. Among the questions asked were why the document had not been translated into Spanish and why the proposed $2.6 million allocation to place armed police officers in schools had been labeled "student safety and psych support."

My Future, My Voice! Californians for Justice, April 2014

Students voice their goals and values around LCFF with the “My Future, My Voice” campaign. Led by the Student Voice Coalition, the campaign aims to win an increased role for students in LCFF implementation. Among the coalition's specific demands are that the State Board of Education create a formal process for student input in the LCFF process, give school districts a menu of investments to make to engage students, and update its guiding questions for LCAPs.


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