California school districts — long shackled by state regulations that dictated spending priorities from Sacramento — will have more freedom to direct funds to areas where they can be most effectively utilized in their communities. The LCFF/ LCAP (Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan) is a major development in a state recently deemed so dysfunctional that an idea to split it up into six separate states was given national coverage.
But how does a district responsibly exercise this new authority?
Stakeholder feedback is an essential component in developing a plan that is in tune with the needs of the community. Realizing this, Stockton Unified School District has worked with K12 Insight to augment its comprehensive engagement plan so that it includes an extensive schedule of face-to-face information sessions, as well as a survey designed to learn how concerned parents feel about important topics such as student achievement and engagement, and climate and parent involvement, among others.
Seeking to take advantage of this new flexibility, many California school districts, including Stockton USD, will use the gathered feedback as a vital element of the planning process. The district’s commitment to winning the community’s trust is laudable. By informing and engaging their community, they will gather the support they need to effectively use the new law to improve district schools.