LCAP & LCFF – Parent Engagement with English Learners in CA
The expectations of LCAP and LCFF to improve student outcomes relies on Parent and Family Involvement.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a recent law that dramatically changes the way California school districts spend their funds on education. The new law allows school districts more authority in deciding how education dollars are spent, while holding them accountable for getting results, and concentrates more money to school districts that serve high-needs students.
The LCAP is a component of the LCFF and stands for Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP helps with two things: it is the blueprint for how schools districts intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities, and it ensures that school districts are taking additional measures to involve the community in the financial planning process.
Should districts involve parents in the decision-making plans for their school?
Statute requires the inclusion of parents, including parents or legal guardians of targeted disadvantaged pupils in the planning and implementation of the LCFF. School districts need not establish new parent advisory groups if the LEA has previously existing groups that satisfy the new requirements.
If you would like a Spanish and English outreach flyer for Spanish and English speaking parents, email us.
What are the necessary components for a meaningful Parent Engagement?
1- provides families with actionable information to support learning at home and at school
2- communicates in the home language of parents to promote high quality engagement
3- encourages families to become advocates for their children’s needs
4- empowers families to make decisions in the best interest of their children
5- provides leadership and governance training so families are equipped to oversee school performance
6- trains of school staff and committing resources to proactively engage families.
Source: Families in Schools
The Latino Family Literacy Project are experts in parent involvement with Spanish and English speaking parents. We can train staff to implement a meaningful parent program to establish reading and vocabulary with English learners. Join us at a workshop or webinar.
For more information go to the California Department of Education