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SFUSD is hosting a talk about the Local Control and Accountability Plan Wednesday, Nov. 29. (Courtesy Photo)
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As many of you know, a large part of our budget comes from the state of California.

But did you know we have to provide the state with a detailed plan for how we want to spend it before we get the money?

And we can’t just tell them how we want to use the funds, we have to tell them why.

We have a thorough annual process for creating our district plan and the proposed budget to implement that plan. It includes parents, staff and a whole lot of numbers.

HOW WE PLAN

The plan we create is officially called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). All public school districts in California have to make one every year.

When we are creating the plan we want to ensure that as many voices are heard as possible. We go all over The City and ask parents, educators, students and community members to look at the data with us.

We want everyone to see how our students are doing. We use information ranging from student attendance and suspensions, annual standardized testing and interim assessments, parent and student surveys, and more.

At the end of this month, we’ll be hosting a conversation about where our students are and asking for your input.

QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE TOGETHER

Are our kids ready for kindergarten? Are they ready to graduate? We’ll show how we assess everything from knowing the ABC’s to having all the A-G’s.

What are we doing to reduce suspensions, and is it working? We have a robust system for supporting students better so they stay in school — and we check on a regular basis to see if it’s working.

What about our English language learners, foster youth and African American students? These students are a special focus for us and for the state. We have data to share that shows if they are moving in the right direction in their learning.

And we want to know from the community what they suggest for serving our students better.

We invite you to come talk with us.

IF YOU GO:
Connecting the dots: LCAP Community Findings
Wednesday, Nov. 29
James Lick Middle School
1220 Noe St., between Clipper and 25th streets
Parking in the schoolyard — enter from 25th Street
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Check-in and Dinner
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Public Forum

More information about the LCAP can be found at www.sfusd.edu/budget.

Vincent Matthews is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District

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