Local Control Funding Formula presentation by The Education Trust - West


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Local Control Funding Formula presentation by The Education Trust - West. The presentation was provided at the Local Control Funding Formula 101 Community Forum and Discussion held on October 29, 2013, at James Lick High School in San Jose, CA.

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  • This new idea was 40 years in the making, since the last Serrano lawsuit.Many other states have implemented some version of a weighted student formula, but we are the largest state in the nation to have created an equitable formula and the work that everyone in this room will do on LCFF will have impact across the country. We have one chance, we have to get it right.
  • Phase-in rate of growth will depend on state revenue. The state will calculate the gap between each district’s current funding and its new target. Then, funding will be increased until the target is reached.
  • July 1: Deadline for Local School Districts to Pass Budget for 2013-14- But in September some school districts will have the opportunity to adjust their recently passed budget
  • Why meet?Accountability Let’s district know community is watching/asking hard questionsSets stage for longer conversation about 2014-15—July 2014 development of Local Control and Accountability Plans (There will be future opportunities for planning/training.)One of our partners, Families In Schools, has developed recommendations on how to strengthen parent engagement in the LCFF. They include:Incorporating Parent engagement indicators, like noting the % of staff that meet with parents to discuss student academic progress, # of workshops school provides to parents and % of those parents who attend, % of total school funding invested in parent engagementIncreasing the functionality of parent councils and committeesEnsure parent councils and committees are representative of diverse student population/enrolled students, have term limits to ensure members of representative of shifting student needs/populations; conduct baseline assessments on effectiveness of parent council committees to identify promising practices and areas of need.
  • Opportunity to express what this means for San Diego County and your school district want in the LCFF regulationsSBE Tasks:Regulations before Jan 31, 2014  to guide use of funding (EC 42238.07) Templates for LCAPs and spending plans by March 31, 2014 (EC 52064) Rubrics for evaluation of improvement and intervention needs by Oct 1, 2015 (EC 52064.5)LCFF Implementation Working GroupGroup of stakeholders brought together to help the SBE think through the regulations, templates, etc they will make decisions onFirst meeting on July 23, 2013Next meetings are August 22, September 19, and October 24 ETW is a part of this workgroup; they have let observers watch in the July meeting
  • The law is vague at best bout the role SSC wil play in develping the goals, actions and budgets for theinr individual schoolsites. We encourage the SBE to clarify the role of SSC and specify the role those councils will play in regards to developing, reviewing, approving and revising the LCAPs and monitoring school site expenditures.LCAPs have parentlinvovlement included as a state priority that must be addressed at the district and site levels. We suggest the SBE convene and solicit feedback from stakeholder groups representing parents and families of low-income and EL students and advocates for foster youth.Local Community Involvement in spending decisions:
  • Local Control Funding Formula presentation by The Education Trust - West

    1. 1. Local Control Funding Formula Equity Perspective October 29, 2013 Valerie Cuevas, External Relations Director The Education Trust—West © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    2. 2. Local Control Funding Formula LCFF is About Equity • “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice.” – Governor Jerry Brown, January 2013 State of the State speech • LCFF recognizes that students with additional learning needs – low-income, English Learner and foster youth students - also need additional financial resources. © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    3. 3. Local Control Funding Formula LCFF Overall Basics • It’s the law: took effect on July 1, 2013 • Large investment by the state  $2 billion for implementation • Phase-in is over 8 years, with full implementation expected by FY 2020-21 • Upon full implementation, every district will receive at least as much funding as it did in 2007-08. No district will lose funding relative to that starting point. © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    4. 4. Local Control Funding Formula How Does LCFF Work? 1. Base grant of about $6,845-8,289 per pupil, depending on grade span. This grant will increase each year. 2. There is an additional 20% supplemental grant for each of the district’s students who are either low-income, English learners, or in foster care. 3. There is an additional concentration grant if more than 55% of district’s students are low-income, English learners, or in foster care. For each student above the 55% threshold, the district receives an additional 50% in funding for that student. 4. Districts must develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that includes goals for all student subgroups in “state priority areas” and “specific actions” for those areas. © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    5. 5. Ensuring School Funding Equity • Assurances: Dollars should be equitably distributed to schools within districts so that dollars flow to schools and the high-need students generating the funds. •Funding Transparency: Districts should be required to account for and report district and school-level expenditures transparently. All stakeholders should know exactly how much funding gets to the school level. • Community Collaboration: Spending decisions must be made in collaboration with each district and school ‘s community of stakeholders. Site-based budgeting practices should be emphasized. © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    6. 6. Where can I start? © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    7. 7. Local Control Funding Formula Local Advocacy 1. Schedule a meeting with your school board members and district leaders to ask: How are you planning to use your LCFF Funding to increase and improve services for lowincome students and English Learners? © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    8. 8. Local Control Funding Formula Local Advocacy, cont. Four key questions: 1. How much did the district receive in Supplemental and Concentration grant funding for high-need students? 2. How are you going to spend this funding? (Ask for detail – by program, category, school site) 3. How will these choices improve student outcomes? 4. What is the district’s plan for involving parents, students, and community members in planning and decision making for spending LCFF funds in 2013-14 and beyond? © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    9. 9. Local Control Funding Formula State Advocacy 1. Send letters, make calls, and schedule meetings with local and state elected officials 2. Attend a State Board of Education hearing. - November 6-7, 2013: State Board of Education Meeting - January 15-16, 2014: State Board of Education must approve rules that govern allocation of supplemental and concentration funding to benefit high-need students. - March 12-13, 2014: State Board of Education must approve template Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). - By October 2015: State Board of Education must adopt the guidelines for evaluating Local Control and Accountability Plans. For more information, go to Fairshare4kids.org © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    10. 10. Parent and Community Involvement • The district must specify the actions it will take to increase parental involvement in the LCAP. • The school board/county superintendent shall establish a parent advisory committee and an EL parent advisory committee that must receive presentation of LCAP. • The State Board of Education will also provide guidance on how to measure parent involvement. © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    11. 11. Local Control Funding Formula www.fairshare4kids.org © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST – WEST © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST
    12. 12. Local Control Funding Formula For resources and to get involved in our statewide campaign, go to: www.fairshare4kids.org Contact info: vcuevas@edtrustwest.org © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST – WEST © 2013 THE EDUCATION TRUST— WEST