LCFF Weekly News Roundup for May 5, 2014

Sensitivity training for educators on foster youth issues needed, advocates say EdSource, May 7, 2014

Because foster youth are one of LCFF"s three target student groups, school districts will need to ensure that LCFF funds translate into increased or improved services for foster youth. Former foster youth and foster youth advocates are concerned about how these students' personal information will be protected.

Draft accountability plans raise concerns about usefulness to parents EdSource, May 6, 2014

As more school districts release their draft LCAPs, there is increased concern about how much the often long and technical plans actually tell parents about how LCFF will be implemented in their district. One idea that has been suggested to make LCAPs more accessible is for more districts to provide a shorter executive summary of their LCAP, as West Contra Costa Unified has. (You can read West Contra Costa Unified School District's full LCAP here and its LCAP executive summary here.)

English Learners reclassified as proficient in elementary school are top academic performers Public Policy Institute of California, May 6, 2014

A study of two of California's largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, found that English Learner students who were determined to be proficient in English (reclassified) by the fifth grade did as well or better than native English speakers on state standardized tests. The study followed students form the second grade through the twelfth grade and makes policy recommendations around reclassification. (You can read the full report here and a short summary of the report here.)

West Contra Costa school officials attempt to clarify draft accountability plans for parents EdSource, May 1, 2014

In response to questions from parents, students, and other community members around its draft LCAP, West Contra Costa Unified school officials shared a translated (Spanish) and amended version of the plan. Among specific suggestions made by parents and students were that a district organizational chart with contact information be shared, so community members could direct their questions to the appropriate district staff, and that more student-friendly material be provided.

Wolk bill to address school nurse shortage passes two committees   Woodland Daily Democrat, May 1, 2014

A proposed Assembly bill, AB 1239, would use LCFF to identify the state's most underserved students and require these students' schools to provide a credentialed school nurse. The Department of Health and Human Services' federal guidelines recommend a ratio of one school nurse for every 750 students. California's school nurse to student ratio is one to 2,700 students.

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