Lemon Grove School District Encourages the Community to Participate in Planning
The Lemon Grove School District has embraced the state’s new school funding process, which includes increased participation from parents and the community.
As part of the budgeting process for next school year, the district is working to put together a Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP. The plan is part of the state’s new funding system, known as the Local Control Funding Formula, and is intended to better align academic plans with spending plans. We are currently in the process of developing this plan and have included a number of recommendations made by community members, parents, and staff at meetings that have been held throughout the district in the past few months.
In order to create a plan that supports and accelerates all learners in our district, we still need the community to assist us in reviewing the work that has been done thus far, and also in suggesting the work that is yet to be done. As you continue reading, you will learn more about the LCAP. Additionally, you will be invited to participate in its development by using a link on this page.
The LCAP will identify goals, measure student progress, and describe how the district intends to meet annual goals for all students. Although the plan spans a period of three years, it will be revisited and updated annually.
Most of the funding will be based on a per-pupil dollar amount that varies slightly for different grade levels. Additional money will be available based on the number of students within a district that need extra support. These include English language learners, students from low-income families, and foster youth.
March 24, 2014
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are happy to announce that over the next few years, you will notice some changes to instruction and testing at the Lemon Grove School District that will directly impact your child. It is essential that you know about these changes and what resources are available to help you support your child.
In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These standards are a set of learning expectations for our students that will prepare them for success in college and a future career.
The Lemon Grove School District has been preparing for the changes by providing professional development to teachers, informing the public, developing curriculum, revising assessments, and upgrading technology.
Common Core State Standards were developed by state officials along with teachers, parents, school administrators, and education experts. California is one of 45 states that have adopted the CCSS. The standards were developed out of a partnership between the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.
These newly adopted standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in math and language arts classes from kindergarten through high school. While there are many similarities between the existing state standards and the CCSS, you might notice changes in what content is emphasized and the grade in which the content is taught.
The purpose of adopting the CCSS is not simply to align with other states, but rather to raise the bar for learning in all grades to ensure that our students are receiving a relevant and rigorous education. The adoption of the CCSS means that your child will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and the workplace.
The National PTA has organized resources on its website (www.pta.org) to help parents support their children. If you have additional questions as to how this might impact your child's education, please feel free to contact me.