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For Immediate Release
LONG BEACH-- Parents and community groups have reached an agreement with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to provide improved services for low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth.
The settlement agreement resolves administrative complaints filed in 2017 against LBUSD and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) by Public Advocates, Inc. and pro bono counsel Morgan, Lewis & Bockius on behalf of complainants Marina Román Sanchez, Guadalupe Luna, Children’s Defense Fund-California, and Latinos In Action. The complaints have been pending on appeal before the California Department of Education.
The complaint against LBUSD challenged the district’s spending plan under California’s Local Control Funding Formula law (LCFF) in its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCFF was adopted by the state in 2013 to support greater local control, meaningful community engagement and more equitable spending for all students, especially those who are low-income, English language learners, and foster youth.
The parties disagreed over whether LBUSD’s plan complied with LCFF’s standards for equitably serving the school district’s high-need students. Recognizing common ground and a commitment to creating better outcomes for the school district’s highest-need students, the parties have announced an agreement that will provide improved services benefitting low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth and foster greater community engagement.
Over the next three years, the settlement provides additional funding for enhanced mental health and social emotional services as well as extended tutoring in math and English Language Arts to thirty of the District’s highest need schools. In addition, the agreement supports improved community engagement in LCAP development and monitoring, including Fall and Spring community forums co-hosted with complainants to engage the community in the review of LCAP data and impact planning, as well as improved sharing of information about the LCAP. The settlement represents a coming together of all the parties to achieve a common goal of helping the school district’s highest-need students to close achievement gaps as they prepare for college and career.
“I’m inspired by the parents and groups who have helped us arrive at this agreement and I hope even more parents and students get involved with decision-making at schools. I hope this motivates parents and students to advocate for the services they need in their specific schools,” said parent and complainant Guadalupe Luna.
“This is not the end, it is the beginning for all of our families who need help in receiving appropriate services. We look forward to continuing to work with the district to address the needs of our students,” said parent and complainant Marina Román Sanchez.
For details on the agreement, see Exhibit 1 below. Click here to view the full settlement.
For more information from the parents and community organizations, please contact Cadonna Dory of Children’s Defense Fund-California at firstname.lastname@example.org, 323-385-6342. For more information from the Long Beach Unified School District, please contact the District’s Public Information Director, Chris Eftychiou at email@example.com.
The parties are pleased to announce three key elements during the next three school years.
1. Mental Health and Social Emotional Support Services.
3. Community Engagement.
The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is a state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth. www.cdfca.org
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