April 3 webinar on LCFF and Healthy School Facilities UC Berkeley Centers for Cities and Schools, March 26, 2014
This webinar will provide school community stakeholders with a primer on advocating for the use of LCFF funds to ensure the health of school facilities. Speakers include Kathleen Moore, with the California Department of Education and Joe Dixon, Assistant Superintendent of Santa Ana Unified School District.
One superintendent's spending priority for new state funds: social workers EdSource, March 23, 2014
East Side Union High School District, in the San Jose area, has released its draft LCAP, which prioritizes investments in social workers to improve students' social emotional health, teacher coaches to support staff as they transition to Common Core, and parent centers staffed with liaisons to maximize parent involvement. You can read ESUHSD's LCAP here.
Legislators to state board: Consider changes to school funding rules EdSource, March 21, 2014
A group of legislators, led by Assemblymembers Ting and Weber, signed on to a letter to the State Board of Education urging that permanent LCFF regulations ensure that the additional funds be used for the intended high needs student groups: foster youth, low income students, and English Learners. You can view the letter, which was signed by over two dozen legislators, here.
California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police The Center for Public Integrity, March 20, 2014
Two California community organizations, Black Organizing Project from Oakland and the Labor/Community Strategy Center's Community Rights Campaign from Los Angeles, have released a new policy brief urging that school districts invest LCFF funds in supporting students rather than in increasing current levels of police and security presence on campuses. The brief can be accessed here.
Districts will get extra funding for foster students, but state has to find them first EdSource, March 19, 2014
A mismatch in the definition of foster youth between the California Department of Education and Department of Social Services as well as the failure to track foster youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system are making it difficult to determine the number of foster youth students in each district.