Most school districts in California are funded on the basis of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). But Basic Aid districts aren’t part of the system. How are these districts different, and why does it matter?
Your district is required to 'engage parents' in developing its annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). California parent leaders can use the LCAP to influence their district's priorities, but only if they understand the process. What's in an LCAP, and how does the process actually work?
Parcel taxes and bonds enable school districts to raise money locally. Parcel taxes are for people and programs. Bonds are for buildings and facilities. Here's what you need to know.
It could be worse. The Governor's budget for 2024-25 proposes to tap the state's reserve funds, largely sparing education from cuts. There are risks. This post explains what comes next.
The State Treasurer of California manages the government finances of the fifth-largest economy on planet Earth. In this student-led interview, Fiona Ma explains the role and some of the accomplishments she is proud of, like CalKIDS accounts.
It has become increasingly practical to distribute fresh food from farm to table. California's First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is an advocate for a Farm to School movement. Penelope Oliver, a student leader, explains steps you can take in your school.
This post summarizes new California laws passed in 2023 that affect students, parents, and teachers. The post includes useful links to each new law, its legislative history, and relevant context. Whew!
Social emotional challenges like depression and anxiety can undermine learning. Shereen Walter, president of the California State PTA, highlights the growing openness that is enabling school communities to make progress on addressing this challenge.
Today we are releasing the first installment of our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. Watch episode 1 and help us spread the word!
The student position on the California State Board of Education is the most powerful leadership role a high school student can play in American government. It's not an advisory position -- it's a full seat at the table. Zaid Fattah explains why and how to apply. The deadline is NOW.
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