School districts must seize opportunity of local control The San Francisco Chronicle, June 4, 2014
LCFF implementation, including the collaborative development of the LCAP and the requirement that budgets and LCAPs be compatible and approved together, presents school districts with an unprecedented opportunity to improve student achievement-- especially for high-needs students.
Viewpoints: Parents need to see how money is being spent The Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2014
This op-ed urges state lawmakers to require transparency from school districts, specifically around reporting the amount of LCFF funds they receive to support high-needs students, how they spent those dollars, and how those investments will directly benefit high-needs students. Without such transparency, the piece argues, it may be difficult for local communities to answer important questions and refine their LCFF implementation strategies.
CSG Justice Center releases roadmap for reforming school discipline Council of State Governments, June 3, 2014
This week, the Council of State Governments' Justice Center released its much-anticipated comprehensive report around school discipline. The report uses real examples of approaches that are being implemented in schools around the country and are improving school climate and student achievement. The release of the report is especially important in light of LCFF implementation and LCAP development; School Climate is one of the State's Eight Priority Areas and LCFF also requires that districts include data around school discipline in their LCAPs. The full report and additional resources, are available via the Justice Center's website.
Resources help decipher the new education funding formula EdSource, June 1, 2014
EdSource reporters have compiled a list of LCFF resources including basic information around LCFF to LCAP guides and checklists, resources for meaningful parent engagement, and materials to help school districts draft their Local Control Accountability Plans.
Students want more say in district accountability plan process EdSource, June 1, 2014
LCFF lays out specific requirements around parent input but not around either gathering or incorporating student feedback around LCAPs. This situation sparked the creation of the Student Voice and Coalition's "My Future, My Voice" campaign. School districts' level of engagement with students varies greatly across the state; some districts' Parent Advisory Committees include student members while other districts did not hold any meetings specifically with students throughout their LCAP development process.
Potentially game-changing month ahead for California Education Week, May 29, 2014
There are many changes afoot for California's educational landscape. Among these are the implementation of LCFF, with all school districts approving their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) by July 1, the primary election for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the deadline for districts' administration of pilot versions of Common Core State Standards tests, and a ruling in the Vergara lawsuit, around teacher tenure and job protection laws and students' right to access equal education.