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Large Crowd, Many Speakers Expected

SBE Expected to Adopt LCFF and LCAP Regulations and Template on January 16

January 8, 2014

California’s State Board of Education (SBE) will meet on January 15 and 16 in Sacramento – and the session on Thursday, January 16 will be devoted entirely to discussing the details of the revised version of regulations and procedures relating to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) – which together comprise a major overhaul of state funding and state accountability requirements for California school districts.

In its agenda for the January meeting (released on Saturday, Jan. 4), the SBE indicated that a great deal of public comment from numerous speakers is anticipated:

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Items 20 and 21 will be heard Thursday, January 16, 2014, commencing at 8:30 a.m.

Spanish translators and headsets will be available for these items. Members of the public wishing to send written comments are asked to send an electronic copy to SBE@cde.ca.gov with the item numbers clearly marked in the subject line. To ensure that your comments are received by board members in advance of the meeting, please submit these and any related materials to our office by 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Sign-up sheets for testimony on all items, including the LCFF items, will be accessible to the public on Wednesday, January 15 at 8:00 a.m., near the entrance to the Board Room in the CDE building lobby.
For the LCFF items, individual speakers will be limited to one minute each.  A group of five speakers may sign up together and designate one speaker who will be allocated a total of three minutes for the group.

The agenda can be viewed at the link below.
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/agenda201401.asp

When the SBE discussed the first version of LCFF and LCAP regulations and procedures in November, the public comment portion of the meeting ran on for hours, with more than 180 speakers coming to the microphone.

On Jan. 16, the SBE is expected to finalize regulations concerning the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control and Accountability Plan template. The Association of California School Administrators told members recently that “ACSA believes that the SBE’s decision regarding these regulations and template will be critical to local school leaders and communities as the state implements this historic reform.”

ACSA, along with the California School Boards Association, will provide a tent across from the California Department of Education at 15th and L streets for teams of speakers to convene prior to attending the board meeting.

ACSA (along with other stakeholder groups) is urging district leadership teams to testify before the State Board in support of LCFF regulations and a LCAP template that balances the need for local decision making with a focus on student needs and accountability.

“We believe it is critical that members of the State Board hear the voices of those who lead our schools and districts,” said ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith.  “The input of those out in the field is essential to the State Board’s deliberations,” Smith continued. “Their presence at the meeting will provide Board members with concrete local perspectives in developing regulations that meet the needs of all students and schools.”

It is expected that the SBE will adopt the LCFF and LCAP materials initially as emergency regulations, so they can take effect in the near future, with formal adoption of permanent regulations to follow at a later meeting.

Sources:  State Board of Education, Association of California School Administrators, EdBrief staff.