Nearly 1.4 million English Learners in CA public schools; percent declining Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, May 21, 2014
New data shows that California's percentage of English Learners (ELs) has continued its generally downward trend, which began in 2007. In 2013, 21.6% of California students were ELs, down from about 25% in 2007. The percentages of ELs vary greatly by county, with a low of 2% in Tuolumne County and a high of 42% in Imperial County.
California, 60 years after Brown v. Board Huffington Post Blog, May 20, 2014
The 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision around public school desegregation provides an opportunity to reflect on equity among students, especially in light of LCFF. If LCFF is implemented in a manner that prioritizes investments in addressing the needs of low income, English Learner, and foster youth students, it could help to fulfill Brown's promise of equal educational opportunities for all.
Local leaders seek more specifics in Santa Ana Unified's accountability plan EdSource, May 20, 2014
Santa Ana Unified shared its preliminary draft LCAP at its school board meeting last week. Although it is still being finalized, the preliminary plan was seen by some community leaders as being too general. The final draft LCAP will be presented at the May 27 school board meeting. You can view Santa Ana Unified's preliminary draft LCAP here.
School nurses save money: study Business Insider, May 19, 2014
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that each dollar invested in a Massachusetts school nurse program saved $2.20 in averted medical costs and lost productivity and wages for parents and teachers. The finding could have implications for districts across the country, and especially for those in California, who are currently in the process of developing their LCAPs and budgets.
To combat truancy, California should follow Compton's lead Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2014
Compton Unified School District improved its daily attendance rate by employing new strategies including improving communication between school and home and monitoring truancy and attendance in real-time. A package of five truancy bills in the state Senate and Assembly would use similar approaches and help schools meet LCFF requirements to track attendance and chronic absence.
East Side Union listens, rethinks, revises draft accountability plan EdSource, May 18, 2014
East Side Union High School district has integrated the feedback it received from parents, teachers, and other community members to revise its draft LCAP. The revised plan reflects a shift to invest in more academic counselors and librarians at the lowest-performing schools and addresses the needs of African-American students. You can view the revised LCAP here.
Advocates kick up lobbying efforts for new education dollars KPCC, May 15, 2014
A long list of advocacy groups are lobbying for expanded or new programs in light of the additional educational dollars that California school districts will soon receive. Among the many proposed investments are expanding early education, arts instruction, improving access to and sophistication of technology, and addressing issues related to classroom teachers and custodial staff.