LCAP is more than 4 letters: It’s a call to get involved

About a month ago, I attended a meeting at the Lodi Unified District Office and was astounded to see that I was one of only a handful of people there to represent the interests of more than 30,000 students.  So, I’m taking a moment to explain LCAP.

If there is an acronym parents should know right now, it is LCAP. No, it’s not a new texting acronym.  It is the Local Control Accountability Plan and it is important. The state has given districts more flexibility in how they spend money. In exchange, the state wants to know that districts, parents, students and community members have worked together to  create a plan that will help the district achieve goals set by local and state priorities. The state priorities extend beyond academic goals and include things like parental involvement, student engagement, attendance and school climate. Why is it so important? For the first time, districts across the state will have to link their LCAP to the district budget. So if you want to have a say in the priorities your district sets, how your district will go about meeting local and state goals and how district funds will be used to meet these goals, then now is the time to get involved!

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