This article was published in The Fresno Bee Newspaper on October 19, 2013

Your Voice is Important

By Luis Santana

Reading and Beyond recently hosted a forum for nonprofit leaders, three local elected officials, and three Fresno Unified School District board trustees about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law.

This new law does two things: 1) gives local control to how state education money is spent, and 2) increases funding to the highest-need students (English learners, foster youth and low-income students), while not taking away per-pupil funding from students who are not identified as "high-need."

LCFF is a historic change to how our educational system is funded. Regardless of how each of us personally feels about this new formula, its implementation will ultimately affect every student in California. Before July 1, 2014, all districts are charged with the task of creating an accountability plan (called LCAP) and must seek public recommendations prior to adopting this plan.

This is a high-stakes plan that has the potential to turn the tide of student achievement for us locally. While our educational decision-makers are actively seeking our input, now is the time to make our voices heard.

[Luis Santana is the Founder and Executive Director of Reading and Beyond.]

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