LCFF Weekly News Roundup for April 7, 2014

Los Angeles Unified releases its draft LCAP and budget The California Endowment, April 8, 2014

Last Friday, California's largest school district released its draft LCAP and proposed $6.8 billion budget.

Index ranks L.A.'s neediest schools, seeking funds Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2014

This week, Los Angeles area students, community groups, and civil rights leaders unveiled the "student need index," a comprehensive new measure that takes into account test scores, gun violence, asthma, drop out rates, and eight other factors that affect learning. The index revealed clusters of the neediest schools which community advocates argue should receive a majority of LCFF funds.

Districts develop goals for foster youth EdSource, April 7, 2014

For many school districts, the development of their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and LCFF implementation is the first time they are explicitly considering the specific needs of students who are in foster care. Foster youth, advocates, and other stakeholders are assisting school districts in developing goals for this subgroup of students.

School funding: new emphasis on local control The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 5, 2014

In this op-ed, Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust-West, writes that "by authentically engaging and empowering parents and community members in their planning and budgeting processes, district leaders can really put the 'local' into local control."

School officials discuss facilities maintenance as part of new spending plans EdSource, April 2, 2014

A recent Center for Cities and Schools (UC Berkeley) highlighted the LCFF requirement that school facilities be maintained in "good repair." A 2012 survey found that nearly half of all California districts shifted away from their maintenance budgets to pay for other financial needs.

Bills add more teeth to LCFF requirements Cabinet Report, April 2, 2014

Senator Mark Wyland, of Escondido, has introduced two bills which would tighten accountability controls in LCFF implementation. The proposed bills would require that LCFF funding be spent on evidence-based programs and services for high needs students and would change requirements for the reclassification of English Learners and include them in the state's Academic Performance Index (API), respectively.

April 23 Bay Area full service schools summit Center for Strategic Community Innovation, April 2, 2014

The Bay Area Community Schools Network and Center for Strategic Community Innovation will be hosting a day-long summit around meaningful partnerships in school communities. The summit will take place in Berkeley on April 23. You can register here.

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