This Is What Democracy Looks Like

July 7, 2017

Community came out in strength and unity this past Monday night at Long Beach Unified School District’s Public Hearing on the Local Control and Accountability Plan!

Long Beach youth, families, and community provided powerful testimonies during public comment to urge the district make high needs students—foster youth, English Learners, and low-income students—a priority in its 2017-2020 LCAP by showing how its LCFF Supplemental and Concentration funds are going towards resources, supports, and services for these students.

Youth, families, and community shared their personal stories and made recommendations on increased and improved services for wellness, academic supports, relationship-centered schools, as well as increased transparency and community engagement in the district’s LCAP processes.

In advance of the hearing, a group of Long Beach organizations also wrote and signed onto a letter delineating 21 recommendations on how LBUSD can target its LCFF supplemental and concentration funds on investments that benefit foster youth, English Learners, low-income, and other high need students:

  • Increase school-based mental health professionals
  • Ensure LGBTQ youth have access to wellness supports in a respectful school climate
  • Foster relationship-centered schools through restorative justice
  • Lower counselor-to-student ratios
  • Strengthen community engagement processes and incorporate community feedback
  • Offer navigational support to families with immigration concerns in the implementation of LBUSD’s Safe Zones

Read the entirety of our letter and full list of 21 recommendations here!