As PTA members, we know how important family engagement is for student and school success.
Did you know that family engagement is not just good practice? In California it’s the law!
The California Department of Education’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) gives local school districts a lot of substantial power to make local decisions that affect their communities. Every local education authority (school district) in California has to submit a plan for how it will use the LCFF funding.
Part of your district’s LCAP includes a description of how the district engages families in decision-making and planning. In 2018, California PTA worked with other state Family Engagement partners to pass AB 2828, which requires school districts and charter schools to describe their family engagement strategies and outcomes in specific ways in their annual Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP).
What does this look like in your school district?
- Does your district make every effort to seek parent input in making decisions for your school district and your school site?
- How does your district plan to increase participation for students with exceptional needs?
- What is working and not working for your district?
Learn more about measuring and reporting family engagement at “Family Engagement: It’s the Law,” a Convention 2021 presentation, live Q&A and meet-up on May 12.
- Use the National PTA checklist to measure family engagement at your own school site;
- Check out the National Standards for family school partnerships to get ideas;
- Attend your school site or district Local Control and Accountability Plan planning meetings;
- Find out if your district is using the California State Self-Reflection tool; and
- Ask your school and your district how they will engage all families in your community.
About Kari Gray: A San Francisco resident, public school parent, arts advocate and community engagement specialist, Kari Gray currently works as the Special Projects Manager at ODC/Dance and serves on the Boards of Youth Arts Exchange, the Second District of the California State PTA, and on the Family Engagement Commission and Art Committee for the California State PTA.
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