This fall, please join The California Endowment on a 12-city "School Success Express" bus tour and community forums.
Students, parents, and community members meet with state and local education leaders to discuss how California’s historic new Fair School Funding law can improve our schools.
State education spending projected to increase $18 billion over the next eight years.
The Fair School Funding law – formally called the Local Control Funding Formula – determines how dollars will be distributed and how school districts can use budget increases.
Tell us how you think schools can best improve academic achievement and prepare students for college and careers.
- Three ways to get started:
1. Mark your calendar
- School Success Express schedule of community forums:• Sept. 30, South Kern• Oct. 7, Eastern Coachella Valley• Oct. 9, South Sacramento
• Oct. 22, Richmond
• Oct. 24, Southwest Merced/East Merced County
• Oct. 28, Los Angeles• Oct. 29, Central Santa Ana
• Oct. 30, East Oakland
• Nov. 4, East Salinas (Alisal)
• Nov. 7, Fresno
• Nov. 9, City Heights (San Diego)
• Nov. 13, Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands
2. Spread the word
- Use hashtag #FairEd4All
3. Learn more
- Check out webinars and workshops from community organizations.
Some key points
The Fair School Funding law makes these important changes to how schools are funded and how they plan for the future:
1. More Money for Students with the Greatest Needs - Fair School Funding increases dollars to support the needs of students who are low-income, learning to speak English, or living in foster homes. Research shows low-income students are five times more likely to drop out than their higher-income peers.
2. A Broader Definition of School Success - With Fair School Funding, school districts won’t be judged by test scores alone. To help drive academic success, the law requires schools to develop plans to improve student engagement, increase parent involvement, and create more positive learning environments on campus. Fair School Funding requires school district budgets to be aligned with these plans starting in July, 2014.3. More Local Control - Fair School Funding gives school leaders and parents more control over spending. Under the new law, they will work together to create achievement plans and budgets to meet the unique needs of students in their communities.
Why health matters
Through its Building Healthy Communities initiative, The California Endowment works with parents, students and community leaders to improve health in underserved neighborhoods across the state. In these communities, physical and mental health issues often stand in the way of student achievement.
“Children can’t learn when they come to school hungry, struggling to breathe because of asthma, or traumatized by violence in their homes or communities,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment. “We want to give parents and students the opportunity to speak with education policymakers directly about these and other issues that affect student wellness and their ability to stay on track for college and future careers.”