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Pleasanton school board approves accountability plan

LCAP includes goals, actions to address state priorities

The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved of the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at its meeting last week.

The LCAP is a required document under the state's Local Control Funding Formula model that describes how the district plans to meet the annual goals for the students, including actions and services that address state and local priorities, according to the California Department of Education.

The eight priorities include student achievement, student engagement, other student outcomes, school climate, parental involvement, implementation of Common Core State Standards, course access and basic services.

In one of its proposed action steps, the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) states that students will have the opportunity to explore greater opportunities for their future through technology and access to library resources.

In addition, the LCAP aims to ensure that the district budget is aligned with the eight priorities for supplemental grants in order to support targeted student groups, which include English learners, reclassified fluent English proficient students, socio-economically disadvantaged students and foster youth.

The budget for supplemental funding to support the targeted groups is $570,000, according to staff.

In another example, the LCAP states the "increased outreach to foster youth will allow students to be better supported within our District and allow these students to be better prepared for college and career."

According to the LCAP, some of the services that are set to be offered to foster youth include additional child welfare and attendance specialists, a college boot camp academy, and before and after school and evening tutoring.

PUSD's other LCAP major goals include:

* All students, regardless, of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or gender will be proficient/advanced and college/career ready upon graduation.

* Optimizing student learning by utilizing innovative technologies.

* Every student will feel safe, respected and enjoy positive connections.

* All teachers and classified instructional staff will have opportunities to receive training and support in order to deliver high-quality instruction and progress toward full implementation of Common Core.

* Parents/guardians will be able to support the learning of their children in the new standards and the 21st century classroom.

The LCAP preparation was a seven-month process that included consultations with school officials, employees and parents, reviews by the Parent Advisory Board and input from the public.

According to the district, the LCAP is a living document and changes will occur based upon additional input provided.

Comments

Posted by Whosonfirst, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

There needs to be a process in place to educate the community at large on what LCAP is, how to provide input that is actually considered, who makes decisions on what gets funding and what doesn't, etc.. Local control is a good concept, but transparency and accountability is lacking, and apathy abounds on all sides, parents included, until something affects them and then it's "but no one ever told me..." (too late). You (PUSD parents), are supposed to have a say in how education funds are spent - do you even understand the issues and how to participate? From the number of opinions so far, I'm guessing people don't understand the significance of the Local Control Funding Formula.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Hey Jeb,

How come every time I go the News section, and click on a News article, it takes me to a ten word summary and then asks me to click again to get to the article a second time? I went to the "News" section to click just once. Do businesses pay per click to you? If I did, I'd be hopping mad. You're just printing money.


Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Dave,
When you click on any news story, it presents the entire story. When you click on an item in Town Square, it shows just the first paragraph of the news story and displays all the comments as a convenience to the readers.

Also, this is a good opportunity to point out that we do not charge advertisers by the click and never have. Advertisers pay for a duration of time on the site, generally two weeks or longer.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I've never had any problem reading the news.

I'm the kinda person that knows how to read. I say to myself JUST THE FACTS PLEASE...JUST THE FACTS.

no kidding...some of you will have to put your best foot forward to understand what you're reading...I ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THE FACTS...NOTHING BUT THE FACTS THAT'S ME!


Posted by Deport Cholo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

Local Control and Accountability Plan appears to be a window dressing endeavor to massage what is dictated to us by unelected bureaucrats in Sacramento and Washington, DC.


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