by Jennifer Reyes, Ed.D., Educational Support Services Manager
October 2, 2018
California charter schools, think back to your experience updating your 17-18 LCAP. Did you feel overwhelmed by too many goals and metrics? Outdated actions and services? Unclear budgeted expenditures? Lack of available data for any of the sections? If you experienced any of these frustrations, now is a great time to work on revising your 19-20 LCAP.
A central tenet of the Local Control Funding Formula is the engagement of all stakeholders in the process of updating and revising a school or district’s LCAP. Starting the process now allows you time to bring the needs to your advisory bodies, Board, staff, parents, and secondary students. If you work on the LCAP now you can engage your school site council in understanding the LCAP and develop proposed changes. Then you can bring it to the school community for input all in time for a smooth update next spring.
By contrast, schools that rush through changes in the spring may find there is no time to consider all relevant data and develop a plan that has full support and staying power.
What to do?
Here are some examples of changes schools can make to increase the relevance of the LCAP and improve the process:
- Organize your metrics under a few (3-5) powerful goals that all stakeholders can articulate.
- Set up your financials according to LCFF guidelines for base, supplemental, and concentration funds.
- Update your actions and services to convey your school’s current initiatives.
A fall or winter revision also frees up the time you need to focus your spring efforts on the 18-19 LCAP Update that is due July 1. You will need to collect and analyze data from the current academic year during this time. The LCAP process provides greater flexibility to LEAs to plan and measure their success, but at the same time demands a new level of organization, involvement, and transparency. If your LCAP could use some improvement, there is no time like the present to get started!