2014.11_LCAP_forum (1)“Does your school budget address the needs of your children?” Taken from a flier for an upcoming education workshop, this is the question that parents will be asking of the Sacramento City Unified School District on December 3rd. The event will take place at the La Familia Counseling Center from 6-8:00 p.m. Childcare, translators, and refreshments will be available.

“As of this year, every school district in [California] is required to develop a local control accountability plan (also known as the LCAP) every year,” says Christine Tien, Healthy Communities Program staff member of the California Endowment. The first order of business for this workshop is for parents and community members to review the SCUSD’s LCAP for next year.

“The Sacramento Community Priority Coalition provides a venue for youth and parents to get information about SCUSD’s LCAP and to voice their opinions on how the funds should be allocated,” Tien adds.

Next, attendees will have a chance to share their concerns with the accountability plan and receive help with understanding it. In doing so, participants will be able to better gauge how effective it will be in actually improving the state of education in the school district.

Finally, after assessing and discussing the district’s new LCAP, participants can give it a grade and provide their input on any changes they would like made to it.

“More state funds are given to school districts that have a larger percentage of English language learners, low income and foster youth. The LCAP attempts to level the playing field.”

Anyone who would like to have influence over where resources go in their school district is encouraged to attend. 6-8pm @ 5523 34th St, Sacramento, CA 95820