Source: EdSource
By: Louis Freedberg
Date: May 4, 2016
Related Staff: Angelica Jongco
In response to critiques from a range of sources, the state is moving toward making the Local Control and Accountability Plans that districts are required to draw up more understandable and user-friendly.

The State Board of Education is expected to vote next week in Sacramento on recommendations from the California Department of Education to authorize the department to overhaul the template that districts have been required to use for their plans, known widely in education circles as the LCAP.

Angelica Jongco, a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates in San Francisco, said her organization was “eager to see what the revisions will actually look like.” However, she said, “we think it’s critical for the state to provide adequate time and space for engagement and feedback from stakeholders, including families and students, on those revisions.”

Jongco further added that her organization also wanted to make sure “that the improvements to make the document more accessible do not sacrifice the fiscal transparency and equity principles at the heart of the Local Control Funding Formula,” the law that created the accountability plans.

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