The responsibility is on parents and communities to get much more involved in their schools and in their school budgets. We used to rely on the state to have regulations and auditors. Now we’re relying on community local action. I would turn the challenge over to parents and say, “You’ve got to get out there and get involved.”
– MICHAEL KIRST, PRESIDENT, CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Last year the State of California changed the way school districts are funded. Instead of telling districts how much money to spend on each part of the budget, the State is giving each district a lump sum to spend as they choose to best serve their students. This new system is called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
To make sure all students—especially low-income students, English learners and foster youth—will be served well by this new funding, each district must set goals and show growth in eight priority areas. The goals and actions to achieve them must be created with input from community, parents, students and staff. These goals and actions are called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). It will be updated every year.
The eight priority areas fall into three broad groups:
A. Conditions of Learning
- Basics: good teachers, curriculum and facilities.
- State Standards: all education must meet state standards.
- Course Access: all students can take the courses they need.
B. Pupil Outcomes
- Student Achievement: measured by how students score on standardized tests; how many learn English, pass the Advanced Placement tests and are prepared for college.
- Other Student Outcomes: measured by how students do in their classes.
- Parent Involvement: parent input and participation.
- Student Engagement: measured by attendance, dropout and graduation rates.
- School Climate: measured by suspensions and expulsions, safety and connectedness.
As a student, parent, staff or community member, you can help influence the LCAP by:
- Emailing the Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org.