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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Ca State Board of Education: https://www.facebook.com/caeducation
- Karen Stapf Walters: https://www.facebook.com/
Trish Boyd Williams: https://www.facebook.com/
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!