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Whittier Union Puts the ‘Local’ in LCAP

As Whittier Union concludes its first quarter of the 2016-17 school year, the District will begin the process of evaluating data from the previous school year and review its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to ensure students are receiving a high-quality, customized education.

The LCAP, a requirement of the state’s school funding system, guides District efforts to improve student learning. It identifies goals for each year, strategies to achieve those goals and funding sources. With widespread input from District stakeholders, many programs are developed to target all students, while others focus on the state’s three high-needs groups: economically disadvantaged students, foster children and English learners.

As part of the LCAP review process, the District has created an LCAP Task Force, which features teacher leaders, counselors and classified representatives from every school. The Task Force will review the new programs implemented, evaluate the results of those programs and assess what needs to be revised to ensure students are being appropriately served. The group will present the findings to the LCAP Advisory Committee that is made up of parents and students who are tasked with making additional suggestions.

“With the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), our local community gets to decide how best to use funds to guide student needs,” Superintendent Martin Plourde said. “In Whittier Union, we gather groups of teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents and students to review our schools to see how best to utilize the money we get from the state. This process has allowed us to make sure that the decisions that are best for our students are made by those most affected by those decisions.”

Programs that have been expanded or added under the LCAP include after-school tutoring, technology in classrooms, smaller class sizes in targeted classrooms, increased hours for counseling and a student mental health program.

Over the next few months, the District will hold LCAP Task Force meetings, with community meetings to review plans and continue the improvement process for all schools scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 8 and April 27 in the Board Room.

“One of the greatest strengths of Whittier Union is our ability to all work together to ensure our students are the center of our attention and that they receive a world class education,” Plourde said.