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ERIC Number: ED594799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 94
Abstractor: ERIC
Taking Stock of Stakeholder Engagement in California's Local Control Funding Formula: What Can We Learn from the Past Four Years to Guide Next Steps? Technical Report. Getting Down to Facts II
Marsh, Julie A.; Hall, Michelle; Allbright, Taylor; Tobben, Laura; Mulfinger, Laura; Kennedy, Kate; Daramola, Eupha Jeanne
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) with a clear mandate for democratic involvement in district goal setting and budgeting. School districts are expected to organize "meaningful engagement" of key stakeholders, including parents, students, educators, and the broader community, in developing and reviewing Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) that detail annual goals and improvement strategies and are ultimately approved by elected school boards. In recent months the Governor has doubled down on his commitment to the local decision-making aspects of this policy. Upon announcing the 2018-19 budget, Governor Brown defended LCFF, declaring "Local empowerment - that's what it's all about. The age of micromanagement from Washington or Sacramento is over as far as I am concerned." (EdSource, 2018). At this critical juncture--with LCFF in its 5th year and likely to come under even more scrutiny in the coming year with a new administration--one must ask if California should maintain a commitment to local control and expectations for stakeholder engagement in accountability and resource allocation. And if so, what more is needed to fully realize these democratic goals? This report seeks to address these key issues by answering three overarching research questions: (1) How have districts interpreted and implemented the LCFF requirement for democratic engagement over time?; (2) What role have school board members played in LCFF generally and stakeholder engagement efforts more specifically?; and (3) How does the implementation of stakeholder engagement relate to the enactment of LCFF's broader equity mandate?
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford University, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A