Agenda Items: G1 – H2
Board Meeting Video Time: 2:12:41 – 4:55:26
- LCAP/LCFF Budget Shell Game by Marten and Staff
- DAC Reports Lack of Access and Notice in LCAP/LCFF Planning
- Ethnic Studies and the Election Cycle
NOTE: The SDUSD Board of Education (BOE) moved items around so these events are not in the sequence on the posted Board Agenda. District Deeds has reviewed the Items as they occurred and/or are related to each other in content and purpose.
Item H1: Public Hearing and Adoption of the 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) (First Reading)
Item H2: Public Hearing and Adoption of the 2015-16 District Budget (First Reading)
This section of the BOE meeting featured the Marten SDUSD Shell Game…better known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF – Budget). With NO Transparency, all SDUSD Stakeholders get to guess what the District will ACTUALLY do with the millions of dollars in the LCFF and what accountability measures that are not currently in the plan will be used to measure the SDUSD Management performance.
District Deeds Prediction: More edupeak, coverups and excuses from the incompetent Marten administration with no transparency, accountability or real collaboration.
A document published by the ACLU and representing the opinions of 15 other Civil Liberty organizations called LCFF and Requirements for Stakeholder Engagement specifically identifies exactly what is required by the SDUSD and other Districts.
It starts out a question and answer:
Under LCFF, what steps are districts required to take to gather input from parents, students and other stakeholders when developing their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs)?
LCFF establishes minimum legal requirements that districts must follow to seek and incorporate feedback from the community when developing their LCAPs. One requirement is that districts must establish parent advisory committees. Another requirement is that districts must “consult” with parents and guardians, students, and other stakeholders in developing the LCAP. Districts must also develop ways for the broader public to provide input on the LCAP as it is being developed and before it is adopted. Just complying with these minimums, however, is probably not enough to ensure appropriate and meaningful input from parents, students, and the community, so districts should consider additional approaches or strategies discussed in resources listed below.
The “additional approaches and strategies” are listed in the document which ends with the following “Conclusion”:
To comply with LCFF’s legal requirements and to demonstrate to the community that its efforts at engagement are authentic, districts should actively try to get input from all stakeholders in the community in multiple ways, in addition to responding to the written comments from the parent advisory committees. Districts should also communicate clearly what standards they will use in evaluating that input and deciding how incorporate it into the district’s proposed LCAP.
Based on the comments by highly regarded Stakeholders after the LCAP presentation, the Elementary School superintendent Marten administration HAS DONE A HORRIBLE JOB by neglecting “to demonstrate to the community that its efforts at engagement are authentic.” let alone “communicate clearly what standards they will use in evaluating that input and deciding how incorporate it into the district’s proposed LCAP.” to the SDUSD Stakeholders.
It took only three speakers a little over 3 minutes to totally destroy the premise that the SDUSD LCAP and LCFF presentations and untracked, disorganized feedback results of that outreach were the result of “authentic engagement” with the Stakeholder community.
The first speaker, a dedicated Parent Stakeholder who has devoted hundreds of hours to trying to make the SDUSD better over the last several years tried to show how the SDUSD did not “communicate clearly what standards they will use in evaluating that input and deciding how incorporate it into the district’s proposed LCAP.” in the 1 minute of comment given by Grand Jury Accused Trustee Marne Foster…and then had Foster insult her on top of it. Here is the video:
The next Speaker is a PTA leader who expressed concern about the short timeline (2 weeks) between the “draft” and the final approval by the BOE at their next meeting on Tuesday, 6/23/15. He was also concerned about the SDUSD NOT providing the full document translated in Spanish. This PTA Leader and his organizations has been a strong supporter of Marten…which provided even stronger evidence that this supposed Stakeholder “engagement” was a disaster. Here are his comments:
The 3rd speaker is the Chair of the Morse Cluster, Her first statement was “60 seconds to say yes or no to a 92 million dollar budget for LCAP is disgusting and not fair.” She brought up multiple ways that the SDUSD HAD NOT EVEN BEGUN to engage the community. She stated that although she was on the LCAP planning Committee, she was not allowed to share the draft document with her Cluster and that the process was not transparent OR accountable…plus no translation of the document for the over 40 languages spoken in the SDUSD and that the plan neglected supports for foster or homeless youth. Here are her comments:
DAC Reports Lack of Access and Notice in LCAP LCFF Planning
The following items are ways that although Superintedent Marten and her cronies told the Board that they had fully engaged the DAC and the DELAC, the DAC presentation on Agenda Item G1 told another story. The report stated that there was a serious lack of the legally required DAC consultation with the following items:
- Lack of transparency of site funding.
- No LCFF funding details given to DAC after release of Governor’s January budget proposal.
- Timing of the release of the LCAP.
- Cuts to site funding.
- Limited support to some low poverty schools
- Open opportunities to all Title I schools.
- Improvements needed in SSC engagement during the budget process.
Here is the DAC Powerpoint: DAC Update to the Board Presentation, 6-9-15
District Deeds Observation:
Based on the comments by the Public Speakers and the testimony of the DAC, the problems of the LCAP/LCFF Stakeholder engagement CANNOT be solved in the two weeks between this meeting and the one occurring on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
District Deeds had illustrated in the DELAC Civil Rights Violation post where the LCAP presentation to the DELAC was horrible and ACTUALLY PREVENTED DELAC MEMBER FEEDBACK! The Board is GOING to pass the LCAP/LCFF in the Tuesday, June 23rd Meeting in VIOLATION of State and Federal guidelines for “authentic Stakeholder Engagement”described earlier in the ACLU document.
Given all this evidence, tune in to watch the Superintendent and BOE break the law on the District Broadcast on 6/23/15 at 5:00 pm PT here: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248
Ethnic Studies and the Election Cycle
Item G2: Approve resolution in the matter of support for Ethnic Studies for all San Diego Unified students.
Inserted in between the LCAP/LCFF presentation and the DAC report was the “Approve resolution in the matter of support for Ethnic Studies for all San Diego Unified students.”
The irony with this item is that unfortunately since the Board Docs are not translated in Spanish or any other language besides English, many families that do not speak English will not even know this item was even on the agenda…or that Ethnic Studies will even exist!
District Deeds Observation:
Sponsored by Trustees Barrera and Foster, it will provide an excellent opportunity for both of them to use Photo Opportunities in Ethnic Studies Classrooms for their re-election campaigns.
This is a win-win…politically for both Barrera and Foster…and educationally for the students…if they or their families ever get the chance to read about it in their primary language.
Coming up next:
DISTRICT DEEDS MEETING DISMEMBERMENT: San Diego BOE Meeting 6/9/15 – PART 4:
“New Record!!! Marten and Board Betray Stakeholder Majority in Less Than 30 Minutes!!!
Here is a list of the full series of posts for the SDUSD Board of Education Meeting on 6/9/15: