Thursday, March 10, 2016

California schools chief wants your input to improve how schools report where money's being

A new online survey is seeking input from parents, teachers and other interested parties about the template schools are supposed to be using to report how they're spending new money under the Local Control Funding formula.

The plans are known as Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), and they are key tools for setting goals to improve student achievement and to match spending decisions with those goals.

The survey will let anyone who is interested – students, parents, educators, community members and others – help make the plans easier to use, understand, and review.

The survey will be open until 5 p.m. March 25. The California State Board of Education will be considering input from the public about how to improve the LCAP template this fall.

“The LCAPs should allow everyone to find out how well their local school district is doing,” California Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “The system is new and still evolving. Please use the survey and we can work together to make the system better.”

The Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown created the new school funding system three years ago, and it shifts decision making to local districts and schools and gives greater resources for programs and services for students with the greatest needs. The new legislation also laid out the framework for LCAPs. State law requires school districts to involve teachers, parents, and community members in developing their LCAPs.

You can find the survey here. The information from the survey will help guide the redesign the template.

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