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LCAP plans created by local school districts

A state-mandated accountability plan is aimed to assist Palo Alto students with specific needs. The Local Control Accountability Plan was put in place for distributing money by the state.

In this case, Palo Alto is required to create a LCAP that will address the educational priorities concerning specific needs students. These plans must be updated on an annual basis by California school districts. The state allocated funds can be aimed towards the needs of specific student-populations instead of going towards specific allocations.

The funding will be directed towards English-learning students, foster and homeless youth, low-income pupils and disabled students. Funding will go towards serving students that were previously considered underserved. This includes approximately 16 percent of the students.

Importantly, all teachers will now be credentialed to teach in their subject areas. It will involve continuing legal education for teachers. This would include teachers hired on becoming accredited in areas concerning special-education and other areas. This program will also focus upon connectedness and safety of the students.

There have been concerns of parents and students that support for so-called under-performing students has been lacking. School administrators will attempt to remedy some of these concerns by smaller group learning, additional tutoring, and support for special-education students in hopes of better integrating them into general classroom settings.

We will have to wait and see what comes about as a result of these new efforts. That such efforts are being made will give schools less excuse for not dealing with disabled-student and special education uses. Unfortunately, we have seen as attorneys that federal or state requirements have not always been enough to make schools actually implement changes.

Source: Palo Alto Online, "District plan sets goals for learning-disabled and other students," Sue Dremann, May 22, 2014

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