Schools now have more power to decide how to use state money. This is because this year California has a new system, the Local Control Funding Formula, for sending state funds to local school districts.
Since most categorical funding (money earmarked for specific programs, with restrictions on how the funds can be used) has been eliminated in recent years, school boards now have the power and flexibility to decide how to allocate funding to best serve the needs of their students.
In Davis, these decisions are being made with input from district staff, parents and the public.
The new formula includes measures to ensure accountability and transparency. Davis, along with other school districts, was required to develop a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan was approved by the Board of Education last spring and submitted to the Yolo County Office of Education for approval. It will be reviewed and updated every year.
As a primary goal, the plan must specify how the district will improve performance among all students and how additional state funding for disadvantaged students benefits those students.
This year, as part of the plan rollout and an extension of activities from the 2013-14 school year, Davis schools will be hosting family math nights. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the California Common Core state standards and specifically about how the new K-6 math instruction will provide greater learning opportunities for students.
Additionally, district math specialists and math teachers will provide breakout sessions focused on specific grade levels so participants can engage in Common Core mathematics activities.