PRESS RELEASE April 10, 2014
For Immediate Release
San Leandro Superintendent urges community to voice their priorities and take survey at the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) forum—two more district wide forums scheduled
[San Leandro, CA – 4/10/14] “Funding, curriculum, and assessments—this is the first time that the state has made three sweeping educational changes at one time,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike McLaughlin Local Control and Accountability Forum on April 8, 2014—the first of three district-wide forums the San Leandro Unified School District is holding during the month of April.
“The state is changing funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), curriculum through the Common Core State Standards, and assessments through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the new online testing,” Dr. McLaughlin explained to parents, students, teachers and staff who gathered in the Arts Education Center at San Leandro High School to learn more about the new educational funding mechanism and the process the district is using to develop the required Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The Superintendent is excited about the changes. “In the past, budget drove program,” he explained. “Now, for the first time, you will be driving the budget by telling the district what programs you value.”
The Superintendent outlined the five goals of the district’s new Strategic Plan (student achievement, access & equity; safe schools; technology; facilities; community and public relations), and said that he believes that Common Core will help the district achieve these goals.
Dr. McLaughlin invited everyone to please take the LCAP survey on the district Web site in order to help set spending priorities. “The state will no longer give districts money in little pockets to be spent on specific programs,” he said. “Now our funding will come in one big bucket and it is up to us to manage how it is spent.”
Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, gave an overview of the LCAP development process, the district’s recent needs assessment, and the state’s eight priorities for education. The development of the plan involves three phases. “We are continuing with the data collection we started in Phase One, and moving into Phase Two, Stakeholder Engagement,” she said, encouraging all to participate in the stakeholder engagement opportunities also taking place at the school sites.
Phase Three will include the formation of the LCAP Design Team and the development of the plan, and will take place in May. “Please let your school principal know if you want to be involved,” Dr. Mucetti said, adding that the Design Team would be approximately 25 individuals, comprised of administrators, teachers, classified and Teamster/Trades, with six parent seats.
Song Chin-Bendib, Associate Superintendent, Business Services, spoke about the Local Control Funding Formula, saying how good it was to no longer talk about budget cuts—which was the norm for the last five years. She also pointed out some of the items the district would still need to fund out of the “big bucket,” such as maintenance on facilities.
The LCAP Forum utilized much of the new technology the district has invested in as it prepares to do the online assessments and move to the desired 21st Century learning environment it is building to create better outcomes for students. The forum had laptops available for digital sign in, and all questions written on blue cards were entered and projected on a large screen for the audience to see in real time. As Dr. Mucetti said about technology, “These are the tools are students need: tools in the classroom, tools to differentiate learning, tools to build products.”
If you missed the first district-wide LCAP Forum, there are two more dates available:
Monday, April 21, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the Arts Education Center, San Leandro High School, 2200 Bancroft Avenue
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at SLUSD District Office, in the Professional Development Center, 14735 Juniper Street
In addition, everyone is encouraged to visit the district Web site at www.slusd.us and take the survey in order to voice their priorities, and to also attend school site specific LCAP meetings that will be continuing throughout the month (please check with your local school site administrator for dates and times).