March 29, 2014
In June of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law one of the most significant changes to the way California’s school districts are funded. The new system – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – changes the way the State of California allocates funds to school districts. The LCFF provides base funding for all students as well as supplemental and concentration funding to support students from low income families, English Learners, and foster youth. The LCFF went into effect as of July 1, 2013.
Under the new funding rules, school districts are required to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that describes the actions, services, and expenditures that support student growth. The LCAP clarifies how programs/services will be measurably improved in quantity or quality, proportionate to the increase in funding. It also requires the engagement of parents, staff, students and other stakeholders in the building of the LCAP. The LCAP is a three year plan that must be adopted by July 1, 2014, and updated each year. School sites write individual LCAP plans under the guidelines established in the district LCAP.
EGUSD is in the process of building their LCAP. We at Sunrise are building ours as well. Our Sunrise Leadership Team and teachers have generated a number of goal areas where, independently or with the support of EGUSD, our program needs to grow.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2014, the Sunrise School Site Council will review our proposed Sunrise LCAP at their meeting to be held in the Sunrise library from 6-7PM. All interested parents and community members are welcome to attend.
The state of California has set three broad LCAP priorities that districts and schools must address: conditions of learning, pupil outcomes, and engagement. Each of these categories has multiple sub-categories to guide the decision-making and goal-setting process.
Sunrise is currently considering the following goal areas:
School Climate and Culture – Adapting and improving our existing climate, organizational structures, and communication systems as we transition to a year-round calendar (Engagement)
Continue our progress in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts (Conditions of Learning)
*Improve student math performance based on benchmark data collected during the 13-14 school year at all grade levels (Pupil Outcomes)
*Continue the development of Professional Learning Communities around mathematics instruction through participation in the Bechtel Math Generation Grant Program. (Conditions of Learning)
*Develop students’ writing skill in the areas of Evidence Based and Argument Writing (Pupil Outcomes)
Participate in future plans by EGUSD to align the student report card with CCSS and explore possible intermediate steps as a school site. (Pupil Outcomes & Engagement)
Increase student access to and the integration of technology into the curriculum and its application to student assessment. (Pupil Outcomes)
Increase student support systems through Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS), Intervention Programs for students that struggle academically and/or behaviorally and programs for the Gifted and Talented. (Conditions of Learning & Pupil Outcomes)
Funding for LCAP
– For the 14-15 school year, funding is expected to remain equal to 13-14 levels. Sunrise will likely have a working budget of approximately $6,000 that is restricted to providing services to English Language Learners. The funding levels are supposed to increase over the next several years. Our ability to accomplish some of our goals will be funding dependent. Whatever the funding level, we will continue to work to provide our students with a world-class education and to keep our close partnership with the community.
Judy E. Hunt-Brown, Principal