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Largest School District in California Prioritizes Funding for our Youngest Learners

On June 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) adopted their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which prioritizes funding for low-income students, foster youth students and English Language Learners. As we enter the fifth year of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), LAUSD has taken proactive measures to strategically invest in our youngest learners and most vulnerable students.

“LAUSD is setting the tone for California by making strategic, meaningful investments in programs that aim to spur academic achievement for its most vulnerable students,” said Karla Pleitéz Howell, Director of Educational Equity at Advancement Project California. “With looming federal cuts on the horizon, we applaud LAUSD for responding to community concerns by prioritizing crucial early learning programs that uplift our most vulnerable students.”

Advancement Project California is pleased to see the following investments in the 2017 – 2018 LCAP budget:

Early Care and Education: LAUSD has been bold to prioritize early learning programs in the budget and in the districts’ strategic plan. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the district has committed significant investments in the Transitional Kindergarten Expansion plan. Extensive research has proven that high quality early care and education programs is critical to help students have a strong academic foundation that sets students up for a higher likelihood to graduate from high school. Given that the district has a high proportion of low income, English Language Learners and at-risk students, LAUSD is making strategic and promising investments to ensure that all students have access to a strong start

Foster Youth Achievement Program: We thank the district for a $12 million investment in a program to support foster youth. Foster youth have some of the lowest educational outcomes and specific social-emotional learning needs compared to the general student population due to the trauma and instability they have experienced. Advancement Project applauds LAUSD for its historic investment in the Foster Youth Achievement Program, which provides the district’s foster youth with dedicated pupil services and attendance counselors.

 


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