Community Organizer Gaby Fernandez and Education Policy Director Gerald Cantu Ph.D., joined parents at the Bakersfield City Schools District (BCSD) at the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) hearing on June 13, 2017.
The LCAP is a critical part in children’s education where parents have the opportunity to engage in the decisions that impact their children and schools. Each school district must create a plan that describes the school districts annual goals for the students and include the actions that will be needed in order to achieve these goals. However, this must be done with the parents, community, educators, and employees. The LCAP also includes the districts budget and how it will be dispersed to each goal in order to achieve it.
Parents from Emerson Middle School, Stella Hills Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary were able to speak in front of board members and propose recommendations for their child’s schools. Gaby was able to inform the board members that DHF has a toolkit both in spanish and english that helps to educate parents on how to read and analyze the LCAP along with making recommendations. DHF was able to suggest a future partnership with BCSD in order to educate parents more on this very important and critical part of their child’s education that allows them to have a voice.
After hearing Gaby and parents speak, Harry “Doc” Ervin, BCSD Superintendent, responded very positively which has resulted in a meeting with DHF and BCSD next month in August! Doc Ervin spoke during Gabys presentation stating that they were “always looking for ways to improve and that if DHF had any methods or ideas they were good with that and was interested in a partnership to expand the amount of parents involved.”
The Kern Education Justice Collaborative, the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Faith in Kern invite you to participate in a free Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Workshop
La Colaboración de Justicia Educativa de Kern, Fundación Dolores Huerta, y Fe en Kern los invita a participar en un entrenamiento gratis del Control Local y Plan de Rendimiento de Cuentas. (LCAP)
Analysis of LCAP – How is your school spending the money? LCAP priority recommendations – Make your voice heard!
Análisis de LCAP – ¿Cómo gasta su escuela el dinero? Discutir y elija las prioridades de LCAP – Haga que su voz sea escuchada!
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Miercoles, 31 de Mayo de 2017
5:30 PM – 8 PM Halloway-Gonzales Library 506 E. Brundage Lane Bakersfield, CA 93307
Dinner and childcare will be provided. / Se proporcionará cena y
cuidado de niños
OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE! / ¡NUESTROS HIJOS SON EL FUTURO!
For more information, please contact / Para más información, póngase en contacto con Gerald Cantu, Ph.D.DHF Civic Engagement Director / FDH Director de Participación Cívica
(661) 322-3033 ext. 1209
For more information about how to get involved in the LCAP process, visit Kern Education Justice Collaborative on Facebook. / Para obtener más información sobre cómo participar en el proceso de LCAP, visite KEJC en Facebook
¡Toda la familia esta invitada! ¡Habrá cena y cuidado de niños!
Asad Baig (Analista de Presupuestos) y Jessenia Reyes (Gerente de Equidad Educativa) de la organización Advancement Project presentarán información sobre el Presupuesto del Distrito Kern High School 2016-2017 y los resultados del análisis de su plan local.
Todo sobre el proceso LCAP y por qué su voz importa.
Cómo usted puede participar e influir en el futuro presupuesto
Para más información, llame a
Timo Prado (661) 699-6597
Join efforts to overturn dangerous gun policies approved by Kern High School District Board of Trustees.
Volunteer to go out in the community and collect signatures for a petition Calling on KHSD to Rescind Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons in Schools!
Sat Feb 4, 2017 9am – 2pm
Sun Feb 5, 2017 9am – 2pm
Meet at 141 N. A St, Ste J
Arvin, CA 93203
Lunch and training will be provided.
Permitting more guns on high school campuses increases dangers for both high school students and staff members alike. Having ready access to guns actually increases the risk of homicide. This puts over 37,000 students at risk. Gun violence disproportionately effects students of color. The KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. This policy will increase liability costs. Increased liability will likely take general funds away from classroom instruction.
Three school districts in California allow some staff to carry guns on campus. But now officials in Kern County, the largest high school district in the state, say teachers can bring a weapon in the classroom if they have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Also, the gun cannot be loaded. So why does Kern County say it’s cool if adults bring guns to school? Reporter: Alice Daniel
Gerald Cantu, Ph.D., Civic Engagement Director for the Dolores Huerta Foundation expresses concerns over the terrible school climate created when school districts allow staff to carry guns on campus.
Listen to the audio by clicking on this link
Sign the petition calling on the Kern High School District Board of Trustees to rescind policies allowing concealed weapons in schools.
DHF continues spearheading the Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC) –a network of parents, youth, legal agencies, faith-based and community organizations focused on bringing about education equity in Kern. Their target is the School-to-Prison Pipeline at Kern High School District (KHSD), the largest unified high school district in the state with over 37,000 students. The Local Control Funding Formula’s (LCFF) requires schools to gather community input through a process called the Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP), which culminates in an annual budget. The DHF worked with parents and provided trainings on the mechanics of the LCAP process and encouraged them to push hard for equity in the allocation of Supplemental and Concentration Grant Funds (SCGF), which are intended by the LCFF to be allocated equitably for high needs students.
The KHSD administrators were called to task for allocating a majority of the LCAP’s $37 million in SCGF on a system-wide basis. Rather than targeting allocations of funds intended for high needs students at schools with larger percentages of high needs students.
One instance where the SCGF were not being used according to the spirit of the LCFF was in the 2015-16 LCAP allocation of $1.3 million dollars to Kern Learn, a program that would benefit mostly mainstream students rather than children with high needs. The community brought these concerns to the KHSD Board of Trustees and launched a campaign to raise public awareness. In a victory, the allocation for Kern Learn was removed in the 2016-17 LCAP. In addition, $1,900,000 over two years have been allocated to create parent centers with bilingual and culturally competent staff with a mandate to provide guidance for parents in advocating for their children’s education at every school site in the KHSD.
We have asked KHSD representatives for transparency in regards to each high school’s share of SCGF. The spirit of the law mandates equity, and heavier allocations toward schools with more high needs students. KHSD’s current budgetary practices, however, do not allow the community to determine whether SCGF are being allocated equitably. Our push for transparency will continue in the 2017-18 LCAP cycle.
Ongoing training on parents’ rights, the disciplinary process, and basic information about how schools are funded under the LCFF helped parents in Lamont, California to become actively engaged in the LCAP Process. The group calling themselves Parents Involved in Education (PIE) developed a collaborative partnership with the Lamont Elementary School District and made some important policy changes. The LCAP was translated into Spanish to increase parent engagement. Recommendations to implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) and Restorative Justice practices resulted in the district approving funds to hire a PBIS staff Coordinator.
DHF advocated for the passage of AB420 in 2014. There has, since, been a 40% statewide decrease of suspensions from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015 for willful defiance among K through 3rd grade students. Data for 2015-2016 is not yet available.
DHF Education Director, Erika Brooks, and South Kern Organizer, Timo Prado, as part of a statewide coalition, sent letters and gave testimony to the State Education Board of Education to include suspension rates as an indicator of effective school climate in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) formal evaluation. President, Dolores Huerta, provided testimony to the board in August. In September the board approved suspension as part of the LCFF evaluation metrics for school districts across the state.
Prop. 47 requires that 25% of the financial savings to the state, from the decriminalization of certain felonies, be set aside for the California Department of Education (CDE). DHF and other organizations supported the successful passage of SB 527 (Senator Liu) to allow school districts and other local education agencies to apply for Prop. 47 CDE grant programs – Safe Neighborhood School Funds and Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) -which must be used for planning and implementation of evidenced based non-punitive discipline programs such as Restorative Justice and Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports. Both are multi-million dollar grant programs.
In June 2016 the Kern High School District (KHSD) passed a policy allowing non-staff Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit-holders on school grounds with permission of the Superintendent, a policy the DHF and the Kern Education Justice Collaborative vehemently opposed. In November, the KHSD Board of Trustees furthered the policy enacting a proposal allowing the Superintendent to select CCW permit-holding teachers and other staff to carry firearms on high school campuses as well. These policies put over 37,000 students at risk, and will do nothing to make campuses safer. KHSD already has a police force that is properly trained in the use of firearms. Putting more guns on campus only threatens to create more problems than it solves. Research shows that having ready access to guns increases the risk of homicide and injury by accidental discharge and that gun-violence disproportionately affects people of color. KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. It will also increase liability costs. Allocations toward insurance companies likely be taken from general funds and away from classroom instruction. The KEJC held press conferences prior to the KHSD board meetings to rally the community to protest these dangerous policies. This served to raise public awareness through the media’s coverage of KHSD’s policies. The DHF and KEJC plan to launched and served a petition to the board asking KHSD to rescind these dangerous policies and return KHSD to a gun-free school zone.