LCFF Weekly News Roundup for March 31, 2014

April 8 webinar on Attendance Awareness Campaign and toolkit  Attendance Works, April 7, 2014

Learn how to get involved in the second annual nationwide Attendance Awareness campaign. Given its associations to negative outcomes on academic achievement and graduation rates, and the fact that school districts must include chronic absenteeism rates in their Local Control Accountability Plans,  LCFF implementation offers a prime opportunity to address chronic absence.

April 10 webinar on LCFF, student health, and success Human Impact Partners, March 31 2014

By implementing recommended promising practices with LCFF funds, school districts can address the trauma and health challenges students are experiencing and help them stay on track for graduation and a successful life. Additionally, presenters will share information from a research report by Human Impact Partners to help identify promising practices to address the health and educational needs of underserved students in California.

Teachers make house calls to improve performance  SIA Cabinet Report, March 31, 2014

In the Central Valley and across the country, the Parent Home Visit Project is offering a different model of family engagement that has led to many positive results including better communication between school and home, and improvements in student attendance rates and test scores. For more information on teacher home visits, see our list of “10 Investments to Improve Student Health and Success” or visit

Parent engagement is key for CA’s new school finance law South Kern Sol, March 30, 2014

Representatives from local Kern County school districts, including Arvin and Vineland, joined the Dolores Huerta Foundation and California Rural Legal Assistance in a media briefing and roundtable. The event focused on helping local school leaders and ethnic and community media to learn more about LCFF and its requirements around participation.

LCFF & Common Core: How Los Angeles Unified is managing both California Forward, March 27, 2014

Los Angeles Unified School District’s finance department answers key questions around the implementation of both LCFF and Common Core and the unique challenges the district is facing as the second-largest school district in the nation.

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learners EdSource, March 26, 2014

California Senator Alex Padilla’s bill, SB 1108 would require the California Department of Education to recommend consistent standards for reclassifying English Learner students as proficient in English. Presently, the criteria for reclassification used for the nearly 2.8 million current and former English Learner students varies between school districts.


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