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Public comment is being invited on draft plans schools will use when creating spending plans and setting campus priorities over the next several years. Credit: EdSource file
The public has an opportunity, though not much time, to provide suggestions on a draft of the Local Control Accountability Plan or LCAP, the primary tool or template that school districts will use in writing a spending plan for the new state funding formula.
WestEd, the consultant working for the State Board of Education to develop the accountability plan, posted the eight-page document this week and is inviting comments to be emailed to lcff@wested.org before the next revision is posted on Dec. 20. Still to come is the companion piece, the proposed regulations on how districts can spend the additional dollars – the supplemental and concentration grants – that districts will receive for low-income students, students learning English and foster children under the Local Control Funding Formula. The closely watched, much debated regulations are the key element that will guide districts as they create their first LCAP for the school year starting July 1. The proposed regs and the revised template will be published next Friday in the State Board’s agenda for its Jan. 15-16 meeting.
The draft LCAP template lays out the process that each district must follow and the forms it must complete to document its use of LCFF money. The template requires districts to cite student achievement goals, data that a district used to choose those goals, specific actions – with dollars attached – to accomplish them, and metrics to measure progress. If, for example, data show that the high school dropout rate for English learners is high, the district could choose that as a primary goal, specify how it plans to deal with it – hire more guidance counselors or add Partnership Academies offering mentorships, perhaps – detail costs and designate specific schools that will get 

December 2013 Information Memoranda - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

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An Implied Threat to Remove Exxon Mobil From States That Refuse Common Core? | Truth in American Education

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An Implied Threat to Remove Exxon Mobil From States That Refuse Common Core?

Filed in Common Core State Standards by  on December 13, 2013 • 0 Comments
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Rex Tillerson
CEO of Exxon Mobil
I was disturbed to read a letter sent from Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil,  to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett last May after Governor Corbett announced a brief pause in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  Below is the text of the letter.  You can read the original here.
Dear Governor Corbett:
Exxon Mobil applauds and shares your commitment to ensuring that every child in Pennsylvania is prepared with the skills to compete in today’s workforce.  I also appreciate your strong support for the Common Core, including changes to reflect a “Pennsylvania Common Core,” and the potential it has to help your state’s students and teachers.  Your counterparts in New Jersey and Wisconsin, Governors Christie and Walker, and many other leading policymakers have been equally supportive.  However, I was disappointed to learn of the misinformation opponents of this critical effort are advancing, which subsequently led your administration to delay its implementation.  I urge you to make the necessary clarifications quickly and move forward with the Pennsylvania Common Core.
Like you, I believe the Common core will help ensure our students develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and careers.  This voluntary state-led effort 

Coop Goes to High School Part 10 – School’s Out | Lefty Parent

Coop Goes to High School Part 10 – School’s Out | Lefty Parent:

Coop Goes to High School Part 10 – School’s Out

December 13th, 2013 at 15:40
schools-outAt the end of each previous school year, I was jubilant to have survived another “tour of duty” and be liberated, at least for the summer, from society’s schooling requirement imposed on my developmental path. Finally finishing my senior year, there was a measure of that usual relief, along with a sense that somehow the ball was now finally in my court. What to do next was no longer mandated, but up to me. As I walked that big impersonal marble hallway of Pioneer High School for my last time as a student, the nihilism (an ideology that I had learned in my Modern Russian History Class was very different than anarchism) of Alice Cooper’s hit song, “School’s Out”, resonated with every fibre of my being…
Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
Cuz they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya
Can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya
That’s a drag
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces
No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all
School’s out forever
School’s out for summer
School’s out with fever
School’s out completely
Completely! But no actually! I was planning to go off to college in the fall. Yet another year of pencils, books and teachers evaluating me and my work. 

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