In a public hearing Tuesday night on the Local Control Accountability Plan -- the required document school districts must use to outline their Local Control Funding Formula spending -- several community groups and the
The LCFF is new this year as part of Gov.
Tuesday night's regular board meeting and a preceding special budget workshop that advertised it would provide LCFF and LCAP information was met with some confusion and frustration by the
Complicating matters, the board did not discuss the LCAP or LCFF at the
"We feel like it's time for our community to express the frustration that, when it comes to the entire process of the LCFF and LCAP of Stockton Unified, ... we've tried really hard to have conversations and have the community engaged," said
Stockton Unified officials said the district made full and sincere efforts for public outreach that included 22 LCAP meetings. Those meetings included translators and sought feedback through surveys and other measures. The district received 1,500 surveys back from parents and took that input into account.
-- To bargain with teachers for two hours a week of collaboration time. The extra work would mean a 6 percent pay increase for teachers. Teachers have not accepted that proposal, but the district is still hoping the union eventually will.
-- Hiring more counselors.
-- Hiring guidance technicians, a job that will bring people in to work with students to help them find their path through and past high school, help find scholarships and other duties.
-- The purchase of computer software for English-language learners. One program is called Imagine Learning, and the district could pilot other programs, Lowder said.
-- An expansion of the popular Achieving Via Individual Determination (AVID) program that provides a structure for students who need extra help in learning how to study, become organized, and confident learners.
-- Expanding the districts PLUS peer mentors program.
-- Adding support staff to schools that can help students, parents and teachers.
"We're excited about this opportunity and know these things will have a positive impact on kids," Lowder said.
Lowder added that this year's LCAP process is the first for the district and that more LCFF money is expected in the coming years.
The plan, and the process Stockton Unified used to decide on how to spend the money, drew plenty of criticism.
Fahimuddin said, for example, that the LCAP included nearly
"The big picture is that when the state board passed the LCFF, the promise that was guaranteed to families and school districts was for more local transparency, accountability and student engagement," Fahimuddin said. "What we've seen in
Fahimuddin also told The Record during the meeting that she thought trustees violated the Brown Act by taking public comment on the LCAP plan at the wrong time and for other meeting decorum throughout the night.
"That's not what this is about. I don't want anybody to think that," she said.
Lowder said he thought the public comment would be helpful to staff as they go through future LCFF and LCAP planning. He said specifically that he thinks the district could find programs in the future to help foster youths.
Stockton Unified trustees are scheduled to vote on a final spending plan
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