EdSource Today Reports: Local Control Funding Formula

Parent committee questions West Contra Costa school officials about draft accountability plan

At a public meeting in Richmond last week, West Contra Costa Unified officials unveiled their draft proposal for spending about $23 million on “high-needs” students next school year. Held in the cafeteria of a recently refurbished ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, West Contra Costa Unified

New education funds in Los Angeles Unified must target highest-needs schools

More than 300 students, parents and community members from the Eastside of Los Angeles and South Los Angeles demonstrated during the first week of April in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Local Control Funding Formula

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

SANTA ANA – After agreeing to coordinate the Santa Ana Unified School District’s public meetings about its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), Frances Byfield’s first question was: “What are we serving for dinner?” While that ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Santa Ana Unified

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

State and county education officials are seeking to reassure school districts that might be worried that county superintendents will reject the new accountability plans they’ll submit by July 1 for the 2014-15 year. Tighter scrutiny ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Parents, Reporting & Analysis

EdSource symposium to tackle ‘seminal’ public school reforms

EdSource symposium to tackle ‘seminal’ public school reforms

New tests, new lessons, new acronyms. Public education in California is undergoing radical reforms that change everything – from how students will be tested on what they learn to the fundamental way schools are evaluated. An EdSource symposium in Los ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change

Activists prep parent committee to review West Contra Costa schools draft accountability plan

Concerned that West Contra Costa Unified officials have inadequately prepared the parent committee charged with reviewing the district’s spending plan for “high needs” students, five community and advocacy organizations convened a training session this week ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, Local Control Funding Formula, West Contra Costa Unified

Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending

California’s school funding reform law has triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input in at least some districts – along with a plethora of suggestions about how to spend the additional ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Natomas Unified School District, Parent Activism, Parents, Reporting & Analysis, San Bernardino City Unified, San Diego Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Systemic Change, West Contra Costa Unified

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

About 2,000 people signed a petition to “save” the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, or SoCal ROC, one of the state’s largest and oldest providers of career training for students that advocates fear may be ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Local Control Funding Formula, Quick Hits

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

The achievement gap is a term used so regularly in the education world that its realities can sometimes lose their significance. But according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the gap is ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Early Learning, Featured, Local Control Funding Formula

West Contra Costa Unified joins growing number of districts to publish draft accountability plan

After months of meetings yielding scores of suggestions from parents and other community members about how the school district can better serve its roughly 30,000 students, West Contra Costa Unified School District released its draft ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, West Contra Costa Unified