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How does your district’s accountability plan compare to others around the state?

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 3:59 pm in Education.

Many school district officials are breathing sighs of relief this summer, after completing plans for the next three years that show how they will spend state money to benefit students.

The process was arduous and confusing to some, as they waited for details from the state Board of Education about how the plans should be created and what they should include.

Districts were supposed to ask parents, students and community members what their priorities were and to craft their plans based on the feedback they received. They were required to respond to comments and questions from the public in their final plans.

How well this process worked varied from one district to another. Some held community meetings, some created special advisory committees and a few wrote their own draft plans before ever meeting with parents or other stakeholders.

Now that the plans are done, the public can review them to determine whether they truly meet the needs of local students. Ultimately, the money is expected to improve student achievement, as well as school environments.

Local communities can hold districts accountable for following through on their promises by reading the plans on their district websites or comparing them to others on a site created by the nonprofit student advocacy group Education Trust-West in conjunction with more than 30 other organizations.

Called LCAP Watch, the site aims to compile every Local Control Accountability Plan in the state from 1,000 districts. Launched earlier this month, it can be found at http://lcapwatch.org.

You can review your district’s goals, planned actions and expenditures and find out how progress will be measured. After the next school year, districts must report how their actions have improved student outcomes, as part of requirements established under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF.

“Under LCFF, parents play an important role in deciding how their district spends state funds to serve all students, especially those who are low income, English learners, and foster youth,” said Valerie Cuevas, Interim Executive Director of The Education Trust—West, in a news release. “Every parent in California must have access to their district LCAP if LCFF is going to live up to its promise and full potential for our students.”

The site includes hundreds of LCAPs, including drafts and final versions. But Education Trust-West hopes to expand the database through crowd sourcing.

Visitors can see existing plans or add plans that have not yet been uploaded. These will be confirmed, then posted by an administrator.

The website also includes additional resources offering best practices for addressing state priority areas, including school climate and student engagement.

“We encourage parents, educators, and community stakeholders to view and share LCAPs,” said Carrie Hahnel, Director of Research and Policy Analysis at Education Trust-West. “We also urge them to engage with their local school districts to monitor and improve the plans over time as a way to ensure their schools meet the needs of all students.”

How does your plan compare to others in the state?

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  • Doctor J

    Shameful. Lo, Bev, Rose, and Nellie get from the taxpayers about $570,000 per year. What, to approve blank forms ?

  • Doctor J

    That’s because the MDUSD LCAP link on the Contra Costa Office of Education Website doesn’t work. Ovick has not posted any Lcap’s that have been approved as required by the Ed Code. http://demo.mdusd.org/lcap/Pages/default.aspx

  • Doctor J

    How much money from the classroom has MDUSD spent in the Martin and BANG cases ? This is what happens when classroom money is siphoned off to the legal department. Nellie is seeking $1.4 million to outside legal counsel AGAIN. That would buy a lot of instruments for 5th graders. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x603942127/KHSD-board-opposes-appeal-of-1-5-verdict

  • tmharrington

    What link are you talking about? I don’t see any links to district LCAPs on the county site: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/edsvcs/lcap.html

  • Doctor J

    The links are buried. Ovick is required to post any approved LCAPs but hasn’t so I guess he has Pam Comfort rubber stamping them all by Friday. EC 52065(b)(1)(2) . Here is the page for “posted” links but MDUSD’s doesn’t work since it has modified the LCAP without Board approval. http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/edsvcs/lcap_district_sites.html

  • Doctor J

    The Aug 15,deadline for the CCCOE to reject or approve or conditionally approve the LCAP’s is looming large. Since CCCOE is not in compliance with the LCAP posting requirements, it’s not a good sign of their preparedness for Friday. When you read what COE’s were taught about what needs to be in the LCAP, legitimate approval of MDUSD’s LCAP is questionable. http://www.scoe.net/lcap/multimedia/20140203_lcap_training_slides.pdf

  • tmharrington

    It’s possible the link doesn’t work due to the new website. My old bookmarked link doesn’t work either.

  • tmharrington

    On the subject of accountability, the Acalanes school board will discuss its proposed court validation of a $15 million bond issuance expected to exceed the promised tax rate tomorrow during closed session: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/auhsd/Board.nsf/Public#

  • Doctor J

    Dr. Ovick, have you approved any ? “A county superintendent of schools shall do all of the following:
    (1) Post on the Internet Web site of the county office of
    education any local control and accountability plan approved by the
    county board of education, and any updates or revisions to a local
    control and accountability plan approved by the county board of
    education.” Ed Code 52065(b)(1)

  • Doctor J

    Stockton Unified dumps both Gary McHenry and Steven Lawrence at last minute. Internal candidate selected just before last night’s Board meeting. this is despite a 4-3 vote a week ago and after apparently week long negotiations. sounds like the Stockton Unified Board had second thoughts about the former MDUSD supes. http://t.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140813/A_NEWS/408130317/0/tablet&template=tabletart

  • Doctor J

    Why does MDUSD need to spend $1.4 million on outside lawyers when we have 3 on staff ? Opposing a $6,100 Bill for a special Ed child cost this district $1,000,000. are they insane ? Read what one judge said about this district. can it happen in MDUSD ? http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/12/solana-beach-special-ed-case-legal-fees/

  • Doctor J

    Another horror story today about outside lawyers lining their pockets at the expense of children, taxpayers and in complete disregard of the Board’s desire. Is this happening in MDUSD ? http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x603942754/KHSD-board-wants-insurer-held-accountable-in-autism-case

  • Doctor J

    Still no answers . ~ 2500 5th graders, and less than a dozen district owned musical instruments to use free of charge ? Really ? Hey Board, please tell me how that is going to work. Please tell us the accurate inventory of functioning instruments. We need to see the actual inventory.

  • tmharrington

    Speaking of superintendent contracts, the Acalanes district plans to renew contracts for its superintendent and assoc. supt. for business tonight (items 5.10-5.12 on consent calendar): http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/auhsd/Board.nsf/Public

  • Doctor J

    I guess you missed the closed session discussion about Nellie’s contract tonight ? I thought AB 1344 required open session about high level contracts ?

  • Adam McMeans

    Great points! I think the ability to benchmark or compare Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) is a great resource. I’m going to post the Knightsen Elementary School District’s LCAP right now!

  • J Lo

    I wonder how much the District will have to pay out when the defense attorney subpoenas the private addresses of J and they find out that it is a district employee posting on district time that slandered his client? Shall we have a count down as to when J is outted?

  • g. de la verdad

    J Lo, is there nothing you can contribute to this or any actual discussion of the system or education in general? Have you just recently made it your life goal to try to spit in Dr. J.’s eye? Is she just the newest in a long life of “who’s next” for you?
    Pathetic jealousy rearing its head, I’d say. Did I mention pathetic?
    Being a watchdog is not easy. Nor is it popular with the insiders. The insiders flat-out lie when they pretend eveything smells like roses while they know everyone around them has Vick’s spread under their nose.
    Watchdog is a job that has to be done, and Dr. J. serves the position very well!

  • J Lo

    Sorry g. but it is clear your own sense of contribution is as overblown as j’s, Holding spellathons and apparel critiques might suit your standard as being a watchdog, but thus far outside of the above you and j have contributed little more than gossip and personal intrigue to this conversation. You did refer to j as a “she” perhaps the defense attorney could subpoena your information and you could steer him to the identity of j….but then again that would reveal your identity as well.

  • tmharrington

    Thanks! By the way, I see that you are one of five candidates running for two open seats in the Knighten district as an appointed incumbent. Here’s the complete candidate list as of this afternoon: http://www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/14Nov04_CandidateSummaryList_8_13_14_Noon.pdf

  • tmharrington

    Over in the West Contra Costa district, the SEC has subpoenaed bond finance records, in an investigation seeking to find out whether any federal laws have been broken: http://www.contracostatimes.com/richmond/ci_26332080/west-contra-costa-district-subpoenaed-by-securities-and

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post with tonight’s MDUSD agenda, in case anyone wants to comment on the meeting: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/08/13/mdusd-board-to-make-several-appointments-tonight/

  • Doctor J

    Why is the meeting broadcast repeatedly cut short ?

  • tmharrington

    At the end, I was listening on KVHS and it wasn’t cut short.

  • Giorgio C

    The fireworks at last night’s WCCUSD forum in Hercules involving 4 of the candidates highlighted the divide that exists between those who support the status quo and those who are demanding change. Request to candidates–please do not distribute any hit-piece literature at any forum or event that you have been invited to attend. How can things not turn ugly fast?

  • Jim

    Good grief! Ron Leone? The long-entrenched member of the Mt. Diablo Healthcare District, that zombie agency that the CC Times said required “four civil grand juries, a dozen high-voltage editorials and one stinging consultant’s report” to finally kill it? This was the notorious property-tax funded “public district” that openly admitted, year after year, to having absolutely NO function — whose budget was devoted primarily to providing free lifetime healthcare for Mr. Leone and his cronies on the board.

    Warm a seat and soak up tax dollars for years, while admittedly having no responsibility for doing anything whatsoever. Sounds like the Northgate community is about to discover MDUSD’s answer to that age-old question, “How much worse could it be?”

  • tmharrington

    Giorgio, thanks for putting this on our radar. Based on information I have received from those in attendance, the “forum” included only four of 10 candidates for 3 seats: Chester Stevens, Mister Phillips, Valerie Cuevas and Peter Chau. It’s my understanding that Chau submitted a proposed resolution that included allegations that another candidate labeled as slanderous. I will follow up on the reports I have received when I begin my election coverage.

  • tmharrington

    The board appointed Richard Aistrope as Vice Principal of Northgate High School last night:
    http://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1263280543546/1317567911809/3342817955357322612.pdf

  • Doctor J

    Richard Aistrope had been listed on the Northgate web page for over a week prior to the meeting as I had revealed in a blog post. Apparently his prior district didn’t care — it’s time for this secret name “unveiling” to halt and just post their names with the agenda as Brian Lawrence has supported. Must we keep reminding ourselves of the Christopher Nugent fiasco ?

  • Doctor J

    Steven Lawrence chickens out of his promise to explain his MDUSD actions to the press, when he blew his negotiations with Stockton Unified and they withdrew offer. If I am wrong, Steven should call Theresa for no holds interview.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post with “Back to School” advice from the state PTA: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/08/16/back-to-school-advice-from-the-state-pta/