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?
School board members have recently found themselves swept up in politics far beyond local education issues. Many have had to deal with abusive constituents, and a record number have faced recall attempts. Let’s get back to basics: what do school boards actually do?
What information systems do community leaders need to know about in order to be credible as change agents for schools? This was the core question taken on by Carrie Hahnel in her presentation at the 2021 Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders, which she titled The Change-Maker’s Toolkit.
Ed100 got its start about ten years ago. California's education system has changed a lot in that time, and Ed100's job has been to explain it as plainly as we can so that people can get involved and make a difference. This post is a look back and a peek ahead.
How much money do schools really have? Where does it come from, and is it enough? What should a school board member know about how to put together a budget? Molly McGee Hewitt (of CASBO) reviews the basics.
Most schools in California are starving when it comes to the arts. This post reviews the data, clarifies the state's requirements, and suggests specific steps that your school district can take to improve.
Traditional public schools are required to provide free or reduced-price meals to students from low-income families. The vast majority of charter schools provide food, too, but they aren't required to do so. Should they be?
This school year will be full of new experiences as educators and parents alike start implementing their school district's Local Control Accountability Plan and reflecting on how to improve it in the years to come.
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