New Funding Formula Mandates Strict Accountability Plan; Public Asked to Make Comments on Details of the Proposal

Posted by: Jennifer Landry 3 years, 7 months ago

New Funding Formula Mandates Strict Accountability Plan; Public Asked to Make Comments on Details of the Proposal

California's new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) comes complete with a fiscal and programmatic accountability plan.  The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the LCFF. Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district's overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.

The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district's budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.  In accordance with these accountability requirements, CUSD has completed the draft of its first LCAP, to be ultimately approved by the Governing Board at the June 26, 2014 meeting. 

The LCAP is intended to be a comprehensive planning tool and a component of CUSD's annual strategic planning process. The LCAP provides details regarding the district's actions and expenditures to support pupil outcomes and overall performance. The LCAP is part of the budgeting process, is a three-year plan with annual updates, and outlines the actions the district will take to ensure that education funding is spent in a careful, focused manner, for the purpose of improving achievement for all students and ensure that the funding is attached to that which contributes most to performance, with specific emphasis on students who are faced with challenges such as poverty, English language acquisition, and/or foster care. 

The LCAP must demonstrate annual improvement in eight priority areas sets by the State Board of Education, namely: 

  • Basic Necessities
  • CCSS Implementation ELA & math
  • Parental Involvement
  • Student Achievement
  • Student Engagement
  • School Climate
  • Student Access to Courses
  • Other Student Outcomes

These state priorities are already components of CUSD's Governing Board goals and Strategic Plan. The San Diego County Office of Education will serve to oversee CUSD's LCAP, and CUSD will oversee Coronado Pathways Charter School's LCAP as its authorizing agent. CUSD has involved stakeholder consultation to the LCAP including CUSD parents, District English Learner Advisory Committee, Association of Coronado Teachers (ACT), and California State Employees Association (CSEA).  A public hearing regarding the LCAP will be on the June 12, 2014 Governing Board Agenda with approval at the June 26, 2014 meeting.  CUSD's LCAP draft is available at coronadousd/learning-instruction. The public is invited to comment.