Public Advocates and Californians for Justice published this article in the September 2014 issue of the Association of California School Administrators’ magazine highlighting how some school districts are going beyond LCFF’s minimum requirements and developing promising practices to authentically engage diverse parent and student stakeholders.
Public Advocates provided recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation on its proposed rule on Statewide, Nonmetropolitan, and Metropolitan Transportation Planning, to ensure that transportation planning and investment decisions equitably serve and benefit disadvantaged communities.
Led by Public Advocates, a coalition of consumer and student advocacy groups wrote in support of SB 1247, which improves oversight of for-profit higher education businesses, and called attention to further protections needed for students.
Here is a graphic comparison of the right and wrong way to calculate LAUSD’s supplemental and concentration funds to serve high-need students. Unfortunately LAUSD’s way is wrong and its mistake will cost high-need students dearly.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education withheld approval of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan pending clarification of the $700 million that LAUSD claims it spent on services for high-need students in 2013-14.
On July 28, 2014, Public Advocates joined with a coalition of 20 other organizations to submit comments on the State Board of Education’s revised LCFF regulations aimed at ensuring transparency, accountability and meaningful student engagement.
Public Advocates sent the attached letter to Antioch Unified School District on behalf of community organizations asking the district to restore approximately $6 million to its calculation of supplemental and concentration funds for high-need students. AUSD improperly included approximately $20 million of prior year expenditures on services that were not for high-need students as part if its required calculation of supplemental and concentration funds.