California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

Local Control Spotlight Blog

The CCEE has launched the Local Control Spotlight Blog to highlight the ways in which California’s shift to local control is manifesting itself on the ground in county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools. The blog posts are not intended to describe best practices but rather to provide interesting, creative, and inspiring illustrations of decisions made at the local level. To submit an idea for a blog post, please email us.

Escalon Unified School District (San Joaquin County) [Posted: October 6, 2016]

Back in spring 2014, the Escalon Unified School District, home to almost 3,000 students on the southern edge of San Joaquin County, held a community meeting to gather feedback and input from local community members to aide in the development of their first Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). At the meeting, many Spanish-speaking families asked the district to make it easier for them to become more involved in their children’s schools. Specifically, they asked for English for Spanish-speaker classes. While the district had previously been instituted, the structure and availability of the classes had been relatively ineffective. “This presented us with a dilemma,” recalled Superintendent Ron Costa. “Should we disregard the request from our community or invest the district’s limited resources into something that past experience had shown to have limited impact?” READ FULL POST

Jamestown School District (Tuolumne County) [Posted: June 10, 2016]

There were many reasons to close the small two-classroom elementary school. Enrollment had dropped to just 11 students at one point, although the District had been able to bring in a few additional students by busing them in from the District’s main elementary school. The District was also facing fiscal challenges and the School Board was searching for unnecessary expenses to cut. Then one of the two teachers at the school announced plans to retire. Yet rather than close Chinese Camp Elementary School, the Jamestown School District decided to transform it. READ FULL POST

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