Gov. Brown proposes another $242 million in funding for California schools KPCC, May 13, 2014
Governor Brown's revised budget proposal recommends an additional $242 million go towards public schools and community colleges, including LCFF. The "May revise" also includes a change in Governor Brown's position around how low income students will be tallied. Districts will verify their number of low-income students once every our years, which aligns with the requirements or federal free and reduced lunch qualification. You can read the revised budget here.
Dozens of parents, students, advocates, and other community members signed up to give comment around Los Angeles Unified School District's proposed budget at the its school board meeting this week. Public comments included concerns around a bigger investment in school police than in behavior intervention programs, foster students' unique needs, and the level of funding for English Learners will remain the same as last year.
Intervention agency inches closer to starting work with school districts EdSource, May 12, 2014
Last week, the State Board of Education selected the Riverside County Office of Education as the fiscal agent for the California Collaborative for Education Excellence (CCEE). The agency will be comprised of five appointed members and will be responsible for advising and assisting school districts around meeting their LCAP goals. The agency is expected to be fully operational in the 2015-16 school year, once the State Board of Education has created criteria around when CCEE should step in to assist districts.
School district releases draft of $2.4 million expenditure plan for disadvantaged students The Daily Californian, May 12, 2014
Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) has released the second draft of its LCAP, which details how it will spend approximately $2.4 million to improve outcomes for high need students. This is the district's second public draft although committees including administrators, parents, teachers, and students have created 18 versions to date. You can see BUSD's second draft LCAP here.
With Local Control funding, students seek greater voice New America Media, May 9, 2014
Student leaders from around the state attended the State Board of Education hearing last week to express their demand that students' input as stakeholder be valued in the LCAP development and LCFF implementation processes. They also made the point that despite the tallying and data required as part of LCFF, students should not be seen as statistics, but as individuals with valuable experiential knowledge and great ideas.
New school funding could transform California schools, say Stanford scholars Stanford Report, May 8, 2014
A new report published by Stanford's Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) makes the case for investing LCFF resources on research-based approaches in order to see long-term improvements. The report identifies four areas where investment of LCFF funds could make the biggest difference for students, including community outreach and engagement, and additional support staff in schools. A video summary of the report is available here and the full report can be accessed by clicking here.
LA schools' new parent advisory group grapples with $6.8 billion budget KPCC, May 8, 2014
The 100 parents appointed to serve on Los Angeles Unified School District's advisory committees are often overwhelmed and confused by the LCAP and budget they are responsible for weighing in on. Common concerns include the length and technical nature of the LCAP and a lack of clarity and context around budget figures.