EdSource is pleased to announce a new resource for school leaders, our "Leading Change" newsletter. This free online publication will focus on the major public education reforms of the past few years, and how they are being implemented in schools and districts across California. School board members, county and district superintendents, and school leaders at all levels will find relevant news from around the state, delivered to your inbox. 
Take a look at our first issue, below, and click here to subscribe today!
Leading Change logo
EdSource Highlighting Student Success
March 21, 2014
Welcome to our debut issue
In 2014, local education leaders are confronting the most sweeping set of policy changes seen in years. From the Local Control Funding Formula to Common Core to Smarter Balanced tests, the stakes have never been higher.

EdSource is offering this free online newsletter to education leaders as a go-to source of news and information as you help enact these reforms at the district level.

This newsletter will in particular look at how the reforms in play are connected to each other and how they can be implemented as part of a unified strategy. In each issue, we will take a deeper look at one or more of the Eight Priority Areas which must be included in your Local Control and Accountability Plan. We will be highlighting promising work, hearing your voices and tracking policy developments as they happen, in California and nationally. Let us know what you think, what you need to know and what challenges you are facing.


Poll measures parental involvement 
in schools
Credit: Mark Coplan, Berkeley Unified School District

statewide survey by EdSource suggests that parents are eager to get involved in school district spending decisions, but underscores the need for districts to actively engage parents if they are to fulfill their new role under the state's Local Control Funding Formula.

New funding law puts focus on translation for non-English speakers
Credit: Barbara Grady, Oakland Local

School districts with high concentrations of English learner students are facing a new challenge in ensuring that parents who need language translation are informed of their role under the funding formula for schools.

PTA program creates parent advocates
Credit: Neil Hanshaw



The PTA thinks it has the right formula for training parents in their new watchdog role under California's reformed school finance and accountability system. The PTA program, called School Smarts, is aimed at giving elementary school parents the tools they need to advocate for their children and their school.  

Around the State
Merced High School District community weighs in on LCAP priorities, asks for school counseling services
Parent Universities help districts tap into feedback on community priorities

Long Beach elementary schools will receive progress reports, not report cards

Merced Union High School District officials have been meeting with community groups to determine future priorities as it prepares its LCAP. Feedback shows the community wants to see improvements in counseling services, additional elective classes, healthier food choices, and increased accessibility to technology.  

Click here to read the article.

Two of the state's largest school districts - Long Beach and Fresno - recently redesigned their Parent University programs, focusing more on reaching a high number of families. While the programs were not initially inspired by the new funding plan, they are helping connect schools with parents' ideas on how best to spend state money.  
Click here to read the article.

Long Beach elementary school students will receive progress reports instead of report cards for the duration of the school year.

The decision to suspend report cards for K-5 students gives the Long Beach Unified School District time to devise replacements aligned with the Common Core State Standards California adopted in 2010.

Click here to read the article.
LCFF Resource Roundup

Complete LCFF Guide including video with Mike Kirst

Implementation timeline

Policy Brief with full explanation of AB/SB 97 from CSBA

Your Voices

Ed Center of the United Way of the Bay Area

by Ed Center, Vice President of Education at United Way of the Bay Area and co-author of Leveling the Playing Field: Community Schools Confront Poverty to Improve Student Access.

Save the Date
05/07: EdSource Symposium on Testing and Accountability

Washington Watch
A fight is brewing in California over testing
-The Washington Post

Partisan Split on Common Core Evident in Congress
-Education Week

Tweet of the Week

Stay Connected

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter     
EdSource | | edsource@edsource.org | http://www.edsource.org
436 14th Street
Suite 723
Oakland, CA 94612

Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.