ACSA statement on approval of LCAP regulations, template

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2014
Contact: Naj Alikhan, nalikhan@acsa.org, (916) 329-3832

Wes Smith, executive director of the Association of California School Administrators, issued the following statement following the State Board of Education’s approval of revised permanent Local Control and Accountability Plan spending regulations and changes to the LCAP Template:

“ACSA has advocated for permanent LCFF spending regulations and a strong LCAP template that is user friendly and focuses on student needs. We believe it is important to identify student needs as the first step in the LCAP process, maintain clear direction to determine proportionality, as well as maintain district and schoolwide expenditures of supplemental and concentration funds.

“We appreciate the regulations providing a more cogent LCAP template where we can more easily demonstrate linking goals to actions.

“However, the proposed language requires school districts to describe how any services funded by district or schoolwide expenditures are ‘principally’ directed toward meeting district goals for unduplicated pupils in the state priority areas. We have concerns with the language because it moves away from an emphasis on better outcomes.

“The term of ‘principally’ suggests an erosion of local decision-making, focuses attention on adult-process issues and not the most effective programs/services that can be provided for students.

“We want the LCFF regulations and the LCAP template to emphasize positive academic outcomes for students and not be overly compliance-based to stay focused on local community input. We don’t think it’s helpful to put in undefined terms like ‘principally’ since the statute already defines how we are to demonstrate use of concentration and supplemental funds.

“Overall, the proposed regulations are moving in the right direction.”

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