Following the passage of Proposition 30 in 2013, the State developed a new formula for allocating money to school districts. This formula is intended to stabilize education funding and reverse the cuts to public education that started in 2008. The new funding rules require each school district to adopt a “Local Control Accountability Plan” (LCAP) for education spending. The LCAP describes how each district will meet education goals that reflect both State and Local priorities, and the District must review and revise the LCAP annually.
Prior to the new LCAP requirement, Piedmont Unified’s long-standing practice was to develop an annual “Action Plan” to advance its goals for improving education. Similar to the new LCAP, the Action Plan goals and priorities were developed and refined based on public engagement and input received through school site councils, advisory councils, and other public meetings.
Last year, the District renamed and aligned its Action Plan with the format and terminology of the LCAP, which are prescribed by the State and overseen by the Alameda County Office of Education. As in the past, the District will continue to provide opportunities for parents, teachers, and students to discuss topics of interest at regularly scheduled meetings for Budget Advisory Council, District English Learners Advisory Council, District GATE Advisory Council, District Technology Advisory Council, and Special Education Advisory Council. School sites also will provide opportunities at School Site Council meetings. Meeting dates are listed on the District calendar and are open to the public. All members of the community are encouraged to participate. Input gathered from all councils will be used to inform the goals written in the LCAP.
To oversee this work, the District is forming an LCAP Committee, which consists of parent club leaders, teachers, administrators, and students. The primary responsibility of this group is to synthesize the discussion and input received at the site councils and advisory groups listed above, and develop goals and goal measurement for State-mandated and Local initiatives related to student learning.
The following categories were mandated by the State: Conditions of Learning (student access to required courses, implementation of the Common Core standards, and fundamental conditions such as adequate facilities, materials and fully trained teachers; Pupil Outcomes (student achievement and readiness for college and career); Engagement (parent involvement, student attendance, and school climate and connectedness). The State mandated these and other categories to promote standardized, measurable goals, in part so the State can allocate education funding to support progress for all school districts.
In addition to these standard categories, each district may identify and incorporate goals related to local priorities. Goals from PUSD’s 2014-15 LCAP focused on teacher effectiveness, Common Core implementation, social emotional learning, school facilities, parent involvement, and career technical pathways. The LCAP Committee will review and lead the effort to identify and prioritize local goals with input from all stakeholders.
The first LCAP Community Engagement event will be on October 21 from 7-8:30 PM in the Piedmont High School Student Center. We hope to see you there.