LCFF for Foster Youth Local Control Funding Formula – LAUSD’s Opportunity to Improve Outcomes for Foster Youth
The Local Control Funding Formula includes key policies to promote the educational success of LAUSD’s foster youth.
- Foster youth are now a subgroup for which LAUSD will receive supplemental and concentration level funding, along with English Language Learners and low-income students.
- There are 8,278 foster youth in LAUSD schools, with each K-12 student generating approx. $1,389-1,701 in additional revenue beyond the standard base grants.
Intentional Support & Planning
- LAUSD must develop goals for foster youth in their LCAP’s (Local Control Accountability Plan), in addition to corresponding activities and expenditures that will help to achieve those goals.
Systems Coordination & Information-Sharing
- The California Department of Education must regularly share with LAUSD which of their students are in foster care, and LAUSD will benefit from greater service coordination with LA County’s DCFS.
Next Steps for Los Angeles Unified School District
Despite Foster Youth’s Many School Transfers, Five High Schools and Board Districts 1, 6, & 7 Represent Significant Strategic Opportunities for Targeted Investments (draft) (Los Angeles County & LAUSD Pupil Services, Tentative/Draft Data 1.18.14)
LAUSD’s Next Steps Are Critical for Better Outcomes for Foster Youth:
- Determine the LAUSD staff responsible for developing & implementing the foster youth-related sections of the LCAP, utilizing teams that include foster youth liaisons, staff responsible for data-collection/sharing, budgeting, curriculum & instruction, and specialized supports, as well as district leadership.
- Proactively engage, consult, and coordinate with LA County Departments of Children & Family Services, Mental Health, and the LA County Office of Education, which are responsible for many external support services the students receive when developing LCAPS to prevent duplication of services and create comprehensive & complementary service plans and goals.
- Identify, invest in, and connect foster youth to programs that meet their unique needs through research, stakeholder engagement (including foster youth themselves and their guardians), and technical assistance from the California Department of Education and County Office of Education where appropriate.
- Use supplemental and concentration grants specifically and strategically for unique (either new or enhanced) educational services and supports to improve foster youths’ educational outcomes.
- Instruct appropriate district staff to be proactive in identifying foster youth and where they are enrolled to ensure students quickly feel safe and stable, their records and services follow them, and schools develop a culture of support for foster youth.
§ Many of these recommendations and more can be found at www.FosterEdConnect.org
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