Board to Review Draft Funding Plan

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At its regular meeting on June 3, the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education will review a draft plan to implement the state’s new funding formula for schools. No action will be taken on the plan at this meeting.

The plan is a response to the state’s approval of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for schools. The formula replaces the state’s outdated and confusing school finance system with a more streamlined one that gives schools greater flexibility to use state funding based upon students’ needs.

Shortly after the state’s approval of the new formula last year, LBUSD embarked on a sweeping effort to engage the community in shaping its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan is required under the new formula. The draft LCAP spells out spending priorities and accountability measures to make certain that resources are used wisely. The school board may consider the plan for formal approval on June 17.

In developing the plan, 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 – met four times to address the state’s eight priorities and examine expenditures. The state’s eight priority areas are student achievement, student engagement, parent engagement, school climate, implementation of Common Core standards, access to a broad curriculum, general basic services, and other student outcomes. The committee presented its recommendations to the school board in February. Those recommendations were incorporated into the draft plan after several additional meetings with multiple community groups.

The draft plan provides additional resources to schools districtwide while especially focusing on high-need schools, or those with large numbers of students living in poverty, English language learners and foster home students. The plan includes a list of proposed activities that will build upon each other over the next three years in a process of continuous improvement. Highlights of those activities include:

2014-15

  • Expand the use of third grade literacy classrooms in high-need schools.
  • Enhance the elementary school music program districtwide by adding third grade instrumental class instruction.
  • Enhance counseling support to students in high-need elementary and K-8 schools.
  • Enhance nursing services.
  • Enhance the library education program in high-need elementary schools, and provide library media assistant support to high schools.
  • Enhance services provided by psychologists to students.
  • Enhance Advanced Placement college prep outreach to under-represented students.
  • Allocate resources to support Linked Learning, which uses coursework, technical training, work-based learning and related support to create connections between high school, college and careers. 
  • Allocate resources for technology infrastructure and tech support.
  • Provide restorative justice (alternative discipline) professional development workshops.
  • Provide additional parent engagement/outreach for non-Title I schools (Title I is federal funding).
  • Provide additional support for Advanced Placement courses and Career and Technical Education courses.
  • Provide support to the Male Academies and Female Academies. The academies help to cultivate high school student leaders and steer students away from gangs and violence. 

2015-16

  • Expand the use of second grade literacy classrooms in high-need schools.
  • Expand the use of literacy classrooms to support non-high-need schools.
  • Enhance the elementary school music program for grades four and five.
  • Enhance counseling support to students in elementary, middle and K-8 schools.
  • Enhance nursing services.
  • Enhance the library education program in elementary, middle and K-8 schools.
  • Enhance the services provided by psychologists to students.
  • Allocate resources to implement a districtwide summer ninth grade orientation program.
  • Allocate resources to support technology infrastructure and tech support.
  • Allocate resources to support Linked Learning activities.
  • Allocate resources to support a middle school summer math program.
  • Allocate resources to maintenance.

2016-17

  • Expand the use of first grade literacy classrooms in high-need schools.
  • Expand counseling support to students.
  • Enhance the library education program in elementary, middle and K-8 schools.
  • Enhance services provided by psychologists to students.
  • Allocate resources to implement a districtwide ninth grade orientation program.
  • Allocate resources to support Linked Learning activities.
  • Allocate resources for technology infrastructure and tech support.

Learn more about the Local Control Funding Formula.