On May 10th, 2016, the Kern Education Justice Collaborative, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Faith in Action, and California Rural Legal Assistance held a press conference with parents, community members, and local leaders announcing a county wide Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Media Campaign encouraging public involvement in the school funding decision making process and participation in upcoming LCAP public comment sessions.
The campaign draws attention to the fact that Kern High School District is failing our kids. Only 15% of graduating students are college ready. Students in low-income communities are particularly vulnerable. According to the (School Accountability Report Cards) SARC on the KHSD website schools on the West Side have, on average, roughly twice as many AP courses as those on the East Side. For instance, Golden Valley offered 10 AP courses, Miramonte offered 8, East 10, and Arvin High 10. By contrast, Stockdale offered 21 AP courses, while Centennial offered 23. This highlights the fact that KHSD schools with the highest needs are not receiving the funds that they are guaranteed through the Local Control Funding Formula.
When signing the law, Jerry Brown called it a civil rights issue. “Through the LCFF students that have additional needs will get additional help… it is right, and it’s fair.”
The LCFF is intended to target low-income, English language learning, and foster youth (LI, ELL, and FY) students. How these additional funds are spent is determined through the LCAP process, which legally requires that schools engage with stakeholders and gather public input in May and June 2016.
The Kern Education Justice Collaborative, The Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Faith in Action Kern County invite the community to participate in a FREE LCAP Workshop for the general public to learn hands-on strategies and skills for Influencing school budgets. The workshop is being held on Monday, May 16th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Reider Education Center at 2000 K Street, Room 101, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
As dinner will be provided, participants are asked to RSVP by registering at tinyurl.com/LCAPWorkshop.
Or by contacting:
Gerald Cantu, Ph.D., DHF Education Program Associate
661-322-3033, ext. 1209
For more information about how to get involved in the LCAP process, visit Kern Education Justice Collaborative on Facebook