We sent a letter on September 22, 2021, to the Imperial County Office of Education expressing our concerns about the 2021-22 Calexico Unified School District’s (CUSD) Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Based on discussions with local stakeholders and a review of the CUSD’s plan, we’ve identified deficiencies that will unlawfully deny equitable educational opportunities, services and outcomes for students with high needs.
In the letter, we urge the Imperial County Office of Education to review the district’s LCAP to ensure it complies with the law. Additionally, we request that the office of education instruct the district to solicit stakeholder feedback as legally required and to remove items in the LCAP that will not directly improve or increase services for students with high needs.
What is an LCAP?
California public schools are funded through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This formula increases school funding and directs more resources to students with high needs (defined as students from low income households, students in foster care and students who are English language learners).
School districts are required to develop an LCAP that details how funds will be spent to increase or improve services for students with high needs. Learn more about the LCAP here.