Join the CQE in taking ACTION by weighing in on the State Board of Education Emergency Regulations for LCFF Spending

On November 7, 2013 The California State Board of Education will be hearing a proposal for Emergency Regulations on LCFF Spending. The CQE along with other Grassroots Parent and Student organizations, Civil Rights and Education Advocates will be taking action to assure that the regulations reflect Equity in spending of LCFF funding and limit Local Education Agency Flexibility.

The proposed regulations released on Friday October 25 along with the Agenda for the State Board meeting on November 6-7, fall short of meeting the compromise that flexibility for Local Education Agencies is not total but limited by the equity provisions of requiring spending on high needs students in proportion to the LCFF funding generated by them and by the requirements in the Local Control Accountability Plan.

TAKE ACTION!!

CQE will be preparing a Thunderclap aimed at the California State Board of Education and Governor Jerry Brown.

Why are taking this action?

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a revolutionary and research-based method of school finance, whereby districts receive more money to educate high-needs students: students in poverty, English learners, and foster youth. According to the law, districts must use this money to “increase or improve services…in proportion to the increase in funds” the high-needs students generate for their districts. With increased and improved services, and district accountability, the goal of LCFF is to close the achievement and opportunity gaps in California.

The promise of LCFF is in jeopardy.

On Thursday November 7th at 8am, the State Board of Education will meet to discuss the draft regulations that will govern how districts, counties, and charters have to spend the new and increased funds.

The promise of LCFF will not be fulfilled unless the funds high-needs students bring to their districts are spent proportionally to support these students’ academic success.

Unfortunately, SBE is considering passing regulations that would allow districts total flexibility without regard to equity. Districts in many instances will be able to spend the funds generated by high-need students in any manner local officials desire, including entirely or largely on students who are not high-need.

It is essential that PARENTS, STUDENTS, and COMMUNITIES tell the State Board to KEEP EQUITY IN #LCFF  #DontFlexEquity.

The funds must support the kids that generated them in the form of increased or improved services proven to enhance student success.

TAKE ACTION TODAY and send a letter to tell State Board of Education members to revise and approve final regulations that preserve the equity promise of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF

November 7th is the only SBE meeting before the SBE adopts regulations at its January meeting.

If you can’t make it to Sacramento on November 7th you can still be involved.

  • Tweet at the State Board using the hashtag #DontFlexEquity! and follow the hashtag to get live Twitter updates from the meeting!
  • Follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and Tumblr for live updates!
  • Take a selfie while holding a sign “#DontFlexEquity – Keep your promise to our youth” and email it to us at campaign4qualed@gmail.com or post directly to our Tumblr page!
  • Send a letter to the State Board of Education members. You will also be able Find more information, talking points and contact information for the State Board.

If you will be at the meeting live tweet using #DontFlexEquity! #KeepLCFFpromises

Direct your Tweets to the following Targets:

  • Governor Jerry Brown: @jerrybrowngov
  • State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson: @tomtorlakson
  • California Department of Ed: @cadepted
  • Karen Stapf Walters, Executive Directo: @kstapfwalters
  • State Board Member Dr. Carl A. Cohn: @carlcohn

Send Messages through Facebook: 

This is the only SBE meeting before the SBE adopts regulations at its January meeting. Join us on November 7th in Sacramento and Use your use social media outlets to make your voice heard!

 

Campaign for Quality Education Members Sign On With Civil Rights and Education Advocates to Tell The State Board Of Education “Don’t Leave Out Equity!”

Members of the Campaign for Quality Education signed on to a letter to California State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, and California State Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson, spearheaded by CQE Coordinating Committee Member Public Advocates, and signed on to by other Civil Rights and Education Advocates.  The Letter sends the message that they should not only focus on Maximum Flexibility in the New Local Control Funding Formula, but that they must also maintain the true essences of LCFF as it was intended in the Governor’s Proposal, to bring equity to California School Funding and to target more resources for California’s Highest Need Students, English Language Learners, Low-Income Students and Foster Care Students.

CQE is continuing to monitor the LCFF regulations process at the State Board of Education Level, by attending State Board of Education LCFF Implementation Working Groups, and Monitoring the work at the State Board of Education Meeting Today (9/4/13) in Sacramento. For more information about the State Board of Education Meetings Click Here

For more information on the Letter submitted to the State Board read a write up on Ed Source Today by John Fendsterwald

View the Letter

CQE Conducts LCFF Implementation Workshops for Communities in Fresno, Oakland and Los Angeles

Over the last 3 weeks CQE Allies have been taking to the road to get California Communities in the know on the Local Control Funding Formula, how it will impact their schools and to engage parents, students and communities to demand that they be part of the process in their local districts budget process this year.

1094650_675296175818728_560883576_oWe conducted a training in Fresno with community partners Californians for Justice- Fresno, Public Advocates, Communities for a New California, Fresno Center for New Americans, Youth Leadership Institute, Fresno Multicultural Center, and The Gay Straight Alliance Network.

 

In Oakland, we had a great training with Californians for Justice Oakland and San Jose, Youth Together, Coleman Advocates, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, Public Advocates, Oakland Community Organizations, Ryse Center out of Richmond, AYPAL, and Representatives from the Oakland Education Association

And In Los Angeles we were hosted by Community Coalition of South L.A. We had our most diverse training in Los Angeles as we brought together Parents, Students, Community Based Organization Staff, and School Board Members representing: Community Coalition, UCLA IDEA, Students for Education Reform, CADRE, Gay Straight Alliance, Public Advocates, California School Boards Association, California Latino School Boards Association,Californians for Justice Long Beach and Fresno, and Families in Schools Families in Education Fresno Grantees.

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We are inspired by the passion and knowledge that these folks shared and displayed at these sessions, and feel empowered to continue to get more communities involved in the fight to assure that LCFF is implemented in the intent that the Governor proposed it, to assure that High Needs Students are better resourced and benefit from a more equitable, and transparent funding system driven by communities who know their students the best!

CHECK OUT OUR RESOURCES PAGE FOR DOCUMENTS AND POWERPOINTS USED IN THE TRAININGS

ACTION NEED FOR HISTORIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER BILL FOLLOW UP LEGISLATION

CQE ALLIES the Campaign for College Opportunity NEED YOUR HELP!

It’s time to keep the promise;
Support SB 440!

We all remember the promise that the successful passage of SB 1440 (Padilla) held in 2010.  We envisioned a statewide transfer system that would be a clear and direct pathway into the California State University for community college students, and that they would earn an associate degree for transfer along the way.

Three years later, while progress has been made in implementing SB 1440, there are still significant barriers to equitable access, flexibility for students, and communication of the pathway.  This is why we are supporting follow-up legislation authored by Senator Alex Padilla this year: SB 440.

If passed, SB 440 would:

  • Set clear benchmarks for expanding the Associate Degree for Transfer program at community colleges and create Associate Degrees for Transfer in areas of emphasis;
  • Require the California State University (CSU) to accept these degrees in concentrations within a major field;
  • Require the CSU to develop an admission redirection process for students with this degree who are not admitted to their campus of choice; and,
  • Strengthen communication and outreach of this pathway for students across our state.

Will you join us in calling the members of the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Friday, August 2 or Monday, August 5 to urge their support of SB 440 when it comes before them on Tuesday, August 6?

Suggested talking points:

Hello, my name is __________ and I am calling in support of SB 440 to urge the Assemblymember to vote yes and pass this important legislation onto the Assembly for a floor vote. I support SB 440 because students in California deserve a clear pathway to reach their college dreams and be prepared for the educated workforce our state needs..and they can’t wait any longer. Thank you.

 

Assemblymember Das Williams, Chair 
(D-37) | Phone: (916) 319-2037
Assemblymember Rocky J. Chávez,
Vice Chair
 (R-76) | Phone: (916) 319-2076
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-50)
Phone: (916) 319-2050
Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-28)
Phone: (916) 319-2028
Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-36)
Phone: (916) 319-2036
Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer
(D-59) | Phone: (916) 319-2059
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-10)
Phone: (916) 319-2010
Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-60)
Phone: (916) 319-2060
Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-61)
Phone: (916) 319-2061
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-12)
Phone: (916) 319-2012
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65)
Phone: (916) 319-2065
Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-79)

Phone: (916) 319-2079

Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R-38)
Phone: (916) 319-2038
 

For more information on SB 440 visit our Resources Page!

 

 

 

Upcoming Workshop and Training Opportunities for Communities on LCFF Implementation

Hey all make sure to take advantage of the great opportunities for Students, Parents and Communities to be better informed on Local Control Funding Formula and the Impacts it will have on California Schools.  Its also a great way to show how communities should get involved!

CQE member organizations and Allies are working hard to better inform, engage and empower Students, Parents and Communities to be part of the LCFF implementation process on the local and statewide levels.

Visit our Events Page for more information!

California State Board of Education Releases Dates for Regional Input Sessions on LCFF

Students, Parents, and Community Based Organizations

Come let the State Board what our communities need in LCFF

The California State Board of Education has released Dates and Locations for Regional Input Sessions on California’s newly passed school funding formula- Local Control Funding Formula.  The California State Board of Education has been charged with creating regulations for the new formula that school districts will be held accountable to starting with this 2013-2014 School Year!

The State Board held the first of a series of meetings called LCFF Implementation Working Group with representatives from Advocacy organizations, supporting districts and education associations to start discussing what issues and accountability measures should be addressed in the regulations.  Here are the dates for the next invite only meetings:

Date

Time

Location

Meeting #2

August 22, 2013

9:00 am- 12:00 pm

California State Board Of Education- Board Room1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting #3

September 19, 2013

9:00 am- 12:00 pm

California State Board Of Education- Board Room1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting #4

October 24, 2013

9:00 am- 12:00 pm

California State Board Of Education- Board Room1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Regional Input Sessions

Hearing the need and in an attempt to model community involvement in the LCFF process, The State Board of Education will be conducting Regional Input Sessions to hear from communities any concerns regarding LCFF and for direction as to how to move forward with regulations with LCFF.  This is a great opportunity for communities, parents and students to express how LCFF monies should be used in their district, and how to better ensure true parent and community involvement in the creation of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAPS) that all districts will be responsible to submit to their county office of education and the State Department of Education.  Here is the State Boards release of the Regional Input Sessions.

The State Board of Education (SBE) and California Department of Education (CDE) invite all interested stakeholders to come and share their input and ideas to inform implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Sessions are scheduled (as shown below) in locations throughout the state. Staff from the SBE will be present at the primary locations with remote locations connected via video conference with an onsite facilitator to help direct comments between locations.

In addition to the in person sessions listed below, an online video stream of the August 12th session will be available. Parties interested in viewing this option may access the session at LCFF Input Sessions  . Please allow several minutes in advance of the start time to connect to the website for viewing the live stream. Those planning to view the web-based stream should test in advance to determine whether their computers or mobile devices are ready to accept the streamed content. You may perform this test by going to the link and choosing the appropriate option for the software you are using. If the test works, your device is up-to-date and ready for August 12th.

Sessions begin at 9:30 AM and end at or before noon at each location.

Please note that comments will be limited to two minutes. Persons wishing to make comments will sign-in at each site so comments can be grouped in the following areas: (1) LCFF Budget and Funding Use, (2) Local Control Accountability Plans, and (3) Transparency and Community Involvement.

Date

Primary Location

Remote Location

August 8, 2013 Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway – Room EC-281
Downey, CA 90242Additional parking is available at:
12830 Columbia Way
San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road
Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center, Communications Lab 1-4
San Diego, CA 92111
August 12, 2013 Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather Room
Mather, CA 95655
Shasta County Office of Education
1644 Magnolia Avenue
Conference Room
Redding, CA 96001
August 13, 2013 Kern County Office of Education
1300-17th Street
Room 1B
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Fresno County Office of Education
1111 Van Ness Avenue
Tower Building, T101
Fresno, CA 93721

Comments, concerns, and suggestions may also be e-mailed to lcff@wested.org. Comments received before noon on August 13th will be included in the official record for the regional LCFF input sessions. (The biggest concern we have is that we still have not seen a Bay Area Regional Input Session Date Yet.)

For more information on  LCFF and how parents and communities can get involved in LCFF implementation visit our Resources Page

For LCFF Training and Workshop Opportunities please visit our Events Page.

We hope to see people flood the live and remote sites for the Regional Feedback Sessions! Its important to show that communities are concerned about LCFF Regulations and that we push districts to abide by the spirit of LCFF NOW!

A New Funding System for California Schools is Passed and Signed!

LCFF Passes in the 2013-2014 Budget!!

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This year the California Legislature passed the most progressive education legislation in the past four decades – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that will create a new, more equitable way of funding California schools – we want to take a moment to reflect on all the hard work that the Campaign for Quality Education and our allies have done over the past decade to make this historic legislation possible.

“I remember hearing about the launch of the CFJ’s work on equitable school funding in 2002 when I was still in high school,” said CFJ alumni Igdalia Rojas, now on staff as CFJ’s Organizing Director. “To a young person, 11 years feels like a long time but we know that’s what it takes to fix systemic issues that widen the gap in educational opportunities for students of color. I’m hopeful that CFJ’s and CQE’s commitment to fixing school funding will finally pay off with the passage of LCFF!”

For over a decade, CQE students, parents and staff have been on the frontlines pushing 575386_381081182000667_981832823_nfor fundamental and just legislation to ensure that all California students get a quality 21st century education and are 100% prepared for college and career.

As we Celebrate this historic moment in California education organizing, we are not done yet! The real work begins now: 1) at the Local School District Level to assure that school districts are using the LCFF funding to benefit the students who generated the funds,  2) at the State Board of Education to assure that they move quickly on creating the regulations for LCFF that districts will be held accountable to follow, and  3) in the California Legislature to support clean-up language efforts that will bring more assurances, transparency and accountability to the new formula, making sure EL Learners, Low Income Students and Foster Care youth and the schools that serve them are receiving the resources to create a more equitable and just school experience.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and the last decade of struggle to bring Education Finance Equity to the forefront of policy efforts is a testament the ability of what communities can do when we come together to better the future of our young people!

581690_393471990761586_1078654350_nThank you to all our CQE supporters, student leaders, staff, and allies. Your continued dedication and energy are all part of this major victory!
We also want to thank Governor Brown, Senator Steinberg, Speaker Perez and all Cailfornia legislators for taking the right step towards bringing equity and fairness to California’s education funding system.

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