Join The Every Student Matters Thunderclap

Jun. 3, 2014 / By

“Supt. Steinhauser invest #LCFF in positive school climate not punishment. $2.4 mil for restorative practices & PBIS!*”

Join Every Student Matters in sharing
this message together at the same time – automatically.

To join the thunderclap…
1. Go to ESM’s Thunderclap Page on the web
2. Click to Support via Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr (or all three!)
3. On Monday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m. thunderclap will release our messages!  To increase your impact, you can retweet our message after 11:00 am on Monday to directly mention LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser on Twitter @SuptSteinhauser
Retweet: “@SuptSteinhauser invest #LCFF in positive school climate not punishment. $2.4 mil for restorative practices & PBIS!
Through a social media “thunderclap,” Every Student Matters, our allies, and community members will share a message simultaneously on July 9th at 11:00 a.m PSTMonday, July 9th is the day of the Official Public Hearing for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The Board will conduct an overview of the budget for the following school year.


Passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in July 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula or “LCFF” is the new way that the State of California provides funding to K-12 public schools.  Because Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) enrolls a high percentage of low-income students, English Language Learners, and foster youth, LBUSD will receive millions of additional dollars through LCFF.  By the 2021-2022 school year, LBUSD should receive about $784 million in state LCFF funding, compared to less than $610 million during the 2013-2014 school year.  As part of LCFF, every school district will be required to create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that shows how LCFF funds will be used to improve student outcomes and increase or improve services for English Learners, low-income students, and foster youth.

Every Student Matters has written a letter to LBUSD Superintendent Steinhauser to request that the District significantly increase its investment in positive and supportive school climates and alternatives to classroom/school removals, and prioritize reducing disproportionate suspension rates for African-American students, in order to increase levels of academic achievement.

With this year’s LCAP, LBUSD has a historic opportunity to ensure that all students at the highest need schools receive the positive school structure and supports they need to succeed.  As such, Every Student Matters is requesting the changes to the draft LCAP.  You can read our letter to the Superintendent here.

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