Gearing up for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
When Governor Brown signed the historic Local Control Funding Formula at California Middle School on July 1, wheels were set in motion for changes to the way the state funds schools and for the creation of new accountability rules for districts.
Currently, CDE, the Governor’s Office and the State Board of Education is working with partners to stage forums around the state (one was held on October 9 at Will C. Wood Middle School) to gather input on templates for spending and new accountability regulations. Using this input, the state will create templates and regulations for districts to follow. The state Board of Education begins this work in November and has until March to complete it.
Once those regulations, rules and templates are in place, a district will then create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to show how spending is related to the state’s eight educational priorities:
- Basic Services
- Implementation of Common Core State Standards
- Course Access
- Parental Involvement
- School Climate
- Student Achievement
- Student Engagement
- Other Student Outcomes
While the regulations regarding the LCAP have not yet been released by the state, SCUSD is beginning a proactive discussion with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders that will lay the groundwork for the development of the plan.
This group, which will include students, parents, community members and partners, will work and learn together about the eight priority areas that must be addressed through the LCAP.
The group will also discuss how to build on good work already being done in these areas, such as the district’s Common Core implementation work, SCUSD Linked Learning Career Pathways and innovative parent engagement programs such as the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project and Academic Parent Teacher Team pilot programs.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, at 6 p.m. at the Serna Center.