State schools chief Tom Torlakson unveils first Local Control Funding Formula calculations California Department of Education June 25, 2014
The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its LCFF Funding Snapshot tool, which provides a summary of each Local Educational Agency's (LEA), LCFF transitional funding components. The report includes information and graphs on each LEA's attendance, LCFF entitlements, and funding sources. The CDE's LCFF Funding Snapshot tool is available, here.
Three districts rewrite rules for campus police EdSource, June 24, 2014
The Oakland Unified, San Francisco Unified, and Pasadena Unified school districts have worked with civil rights and local groups to revamp their policies around police on school campuses. Each district has signed a memorandum of understanding with local police to ensure that police are called to school for discipline as a last resort, that students' rights are upheld, and that districts keep data on metrics related to discipline and law enforcement referrals.
LAUSD OKs budget; spending on teachers, needy students to grow Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2014
The Los Angeles Board of Education approved that district's $6.6 billion budget, which will more than double the number of new teachers, increase nurses, counselors, and other support staff, reduce class sizes, and expand parent education efforts, among other investments. The budget has drawn criticism from some because it does not include a pay raise for teachers and because it includes over $13 million in supplemental and concentration funds for school police. You can view the Superintendent's final 2014-2015 budget proposal, here, and 2014-2015 school budgets by site, here.
Group: CVUSD must reduce its suspension rate The Desert Sun, June 20, 2014
Students, community groups, and legal advocates have all expressed their desire to the Coachella Valley Unified School District that it use some of its LCFF funds toward expanding restorative justice approaches in its schools. CVUSD has piloted a restorative justice program at one high school and one middle school over the past school year and plans to launch a pilot at a few elementary schools in the next school year. State data shows that Coachella Valley Unified has a similar overall suspension rate to the state average, but that individual schools have suspension rates that are nearly three times the state average.
Reactions to LCAP: less police, more student services & programs Voicewaves, June 19, 2014
Long Beach Unified School District approved its LCAP, which immediately drew criticism from the Long Beach Every Student Matters group. Throughout the LCAP development process, the group advocated for investments in positive school discipline programs, like restorative justice. The district-approved draft, which will now be reviewed by the County office of Education, allocated $100,000 district-wide for positive discipline and $2.4 million for police and campus security. You can read Long Beach Unified's adopted budget, here, and its approved LCAP in English, Spanish, and Khmer.
Gov. Jerry Brown appoints Sandra Thorstenson to state education board Whittier Daily News, June 18, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed the first of five members to the California Collaborative for Educational Equity (CCEE). Sandra Thorstenson is the superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District and was independently recommended for the position by the president of the State Board of Education as well as three other board members. The CCEE's purpose is to support school districts whose LCAPs have not been approved by their local county offices of education.
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