Board Hears Funding Recommendations

View support materials for this Feb. 11 meeting.

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education heard draft policy recommendations this week from a diverse committee of parents, students, employees and community representatives regarding how best to implement the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula for schools.

Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature approved the LCFF last year.  Since then, LBUSD has embarked on a sweeping effort to engage the community in shaping its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The school district received more than 2,700 survey responses to its initial outreach, and its LCAP committee – composed of 66 people from all walks of life – has met four times to highlight the state’s eight priorities and examine expenditures and data.

The draft recommendations will continue to be refined with input from the committee and other members of the public before the school board considers the formal plan in June.

Following are the draft recommendations:

How can LBUSD help more students to attend school regularly?

• Expand counseling, social work and other support services that comprehensively address the needs of students.

• Provide support for teachers so that they can personalize their teaching and ultimately improve their relationships with students.

• Identify resources that can help to reinstate transportation services.

How can LBUSD help more students to do well in their classes?

• Hire additional teachers and other staff members such as counselors, psychologists, and assistant principals to reduce class sizes and provide greater student support.

• Increase extended learning opportunities such as summer school, intersession, before/after school interventions and enrichment programs.

• Expand professional development for teachers so that they can become more skilled in creating hands-on experiences for students.

How can LBUSD help more students to graduate from high school?

• Explore online programs that enhance college and career planning for students, parents, counselors and other staff.

• Expand the Linked Learning Initiative, particularly by increasing career technical   education courses and work-based learning programs.

• Increase extended learning opportunities such as summer school, intersession, before/after school interventions and enrichment programs.

How can LBUSD help more students to prepare for college and careers?

• Ensure adequate full-time counseling at each school to provide information and guidance on college and career readiness.

• Incorporate into the elementary school curriculum the basic requirements for successful middle school completion, high school graduation, and college and career readiness.

• Enhance current Linked Learning pathways by increasing the variety of career technical education offerings.

How can LBUSD help more parents to become involved in our schools?

• Increase parent access to school information online and partner with community organizations to provide basic technology resources at sites.

• Provide families with strategies to support their child’s education at home and deliver these resources through multiple venues, including parent workshops, online communications and hard copies.

• Expand opportunities for parents to understand and support what is happening at schools.

Learn more about Local Control Funding Formula.