The first time most parents or guardians of a Berkeley student
meet Jocelyn Foreman is soon after bad news has knocked on their
door. Be it a death in the family, an eviction notice, a pink
slip, or any crisis that throws a household into chaos, she is
there to help.
Foreman belongs to a five-person team of family engagement
coordinators whose academic mission is to close the achievement
gap by ensuring that students have the resources they need to
succeed. First things, however, must come first.
Ray Gaer sees the Local Control Accountability Plan, or
LCAP, as “a different forum for unions to talk about things that
matter and an opportunity to build more cooperative
relationships. The president of the ABC Federation
of Teachers says, “We can talk about how programs
are selected and developed and how money is spent before getting
to the bargaining table.”
On January 16, the State Board of Education adopted emergency
spending regulations for the supplemental and concentration grant
funds that Local Educational Agencies (districts, county offices
of education and some charter schools) will receive under the
Local Control Funding Formula.
Under the LCFF, the governing boards of districts, county offices
of education and charter schools, known as Local Education
Agencies, are required to adopt a Local Control Accountability
Plan every three years starting in July 2014.
For the first time in six long years, the state budget includes
more funding for education in 2013-14. In the on-time budget,
Gov. Brown fended off legislative demand to reinstate programs
cut during the recession and stayed true to his commitment to
prioritize education funding. Though the sectors of education
fared differently, all saw at least some increase in state