February 6, 2014 Board Meeting
4:30 p.m. Closed Session
6:30 p.m. Open Session
BOARD WORKSHOP/STRATEGIC PLAN AND OTHER INITIATIVES
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This meeting of the Sacramento City School Board is being videotaped in its entirety and will be cablecast without interruption on Metro Cable 14, the government affairs channel on the Comcast and SureWest Cable Systems.
Response to Public Comment
1) How will the district outreach to and involve students in decision-making? How many students are participating at the LCAP Advisory Committee meetings?
Response: SCUSD is engaging students through its Student Advisory Committee (SAC), an active group of young adults that includes representatives from every high school campus. SAC reps are learning about the LCAP process and bringing this information back to the full SAC. Those reps, in turn, are taking the information to their campuses to be discussed during Associated Student Body classes. An average of 10 students representing five high schools has been attending the LCAP Advisory Committee meetings.
SCUSD’s Youth Development and Support Services staff also collected feedback from students regarding LCAP/LCFF prioritization during the monthly Youth Council Meeting in December. Fifty high school students representing nine schools participated. In addition, SCUSD has sent out the LCAP student survey to Men’s Leadership Academy classes, the Independent Living Program (SCUSD foster youth) and our Sacramento Youth Leadership Program action teams. The estimated number of students that will complete this survey is 100 with representation from all comprehensive high schools and most of our small schools.
2) What is the plan for involving the district’s various advisory groups and councils, such as CAC, DAC, DELAC and also Sac Council PTA in the LCAP process? When will outreach to these groups occur? We are already into the fourth meeting and committees have not been engaged to participate.
Response: Members of the district’s advisory groups and councils have been invited to every LCAP Advisory Committee meeting and to participate in the Community Planning Process by becoming Public Education Volunteers.
The LCAP engagement plan is to continue gathering feedback and input through LCAP Advisory Committee meetings, the Community Planning Process, the online survey and site-based engagement efforts (such a school PTA meetings, faculty meetings and School Site Council meetings) through this month. This feedback will be used to create a draft LCAP which will be presented to the district’s various advisory groups to review. Feedback and suggestions from these groups will be gathered throughout the spring and incorporated into the plan.
3) Is there a membership list for the Advisory Committee? What is the percentage of students, teachers, parents, advisory committee members, administrators and principals on the Advisory Committee? How many members represent EL, foster, low income, students with disabilities, and other subgroups? Which schools are and are not represented? Which community organizations are represented? (What is the committee composition percentage-wise?)
Response: The LCAP Advisory Committee meetings are open to anyone who wishes to learn and participate; there is no membership list. Sign-in sheets show that a diverse group of community stakeholders has attended the LCAP Advisory Committee meetings, including teachers, parents, students, principals and staff from 69 out of SCUSD’s 73 schools. As SCUSD is a diverse, high-poverty district (22 percent of students have limited English proficiency; 71.4 percent meet the federal poverty threshold), our school representatives include advocates for a range of socio-economic demographics.
organizations that have sent representatives to meetings
- Sacramento Children’s Home
- Sacramento Child Protective Services
- River Oak Center for Children
- Roberts Family Development Center
- Building Healthy Communities
- La Familia
- Black Parallel School Board
- Hmong Innovating Politics
- Making Cents Work
4) Will the district provide information and conduct meetings in the other languages for parents and community in their preferred languages? The LCAP survey does not appear to be in any languages other than English.
Response: Interpreters have attended every LCAP Advisory Committee meeting and have provided translation services to those in attendance. The LCAP survey is available at www.scusd.edu/document/lcap-survey-parents in all of SCUSD’s threshold languages. Translated surveys have also been provided to schools for distribution.
5) What is the plan for segmenting data so that there can be targeted discussions and recommendations about the different student populations and needs?
Response: Much of the data available to the public on SCUSD’s website and on CDE’s website is already broken down by student demographic groups. We will continue to provide targeted data as it is/becomes available.
6) Will the LCAP page on the district website be updated to include a complete document of the LCAP survey in order to share with parents and community members (and in other languages) that do not have internet access?
Response: The complete survey is available online in all SCUSD’s threshold languages at www.scusd.edu/lcap. School sites also have copies of printed versions, as does the Parent Resource Center at the Serna Center.
7) Will the LCAP page be updated to include all materials, agendas, and presentations which have been shared at the various LCAP meetings? Will more data be shared at the LCAP meetings?
Response: Yes. We will continue to update the page with agendas and other materials. New data will be presented at the February 13 meeting and will be posted as well.
8) Will the name of the LCAP Advisory Committee be changed to better reflect its format/structure? There should be additional meetings to provide data and materials for us to give deep and meaningful comments about the priority areas, not just a brainstorming session where random ideas are generated, often in a hurry before it’s time to move on to the next topic.
Response: Due to overwhelming interest in this process, the LCAP Advisory Committee meetings have expanded to accommodate anyone who wishes to participate. SCUSD is committed to pitching the biggest tent possible as we work to engage parents and partners from all corners of the district. Please keep in mind that the meetings are just part of the engagement strategy that includes a grass-roots community planning process and LCAP discussions at all SCUSD school sites during regularly scheduled meetings of staff and parents.
9) The law requires the district to respond in writing to public comments on the LCAP. Where, when and how will responses be made, and by whom?
Response: LCFF requires that the draft LCAP be presented to parent advisory committees and that the superintendent “shall respond, in writing, to comments received” (Ed. Code 52062). In compliance, SCUSD will post comments and responses about the draft LCAP on SCUSD’s website.