This week, The Long Beach Unified School District passed its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which explains how it will meet annual goals with specifics to Local Control Funding Formula, which allocates funds to students with the highest needs.
The Long Beach Every Student Matters group criticized the draft: “The current LCAP as written allocates $100,000 district-wide for positive school discipline programs, such as Restorative Justice. Meanwhile, $2.4 million is allocated for police and campus security. For members of the of the ESM campaign, this is problematic. Researchers have found that even one out-of-school suspension is associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of dropout and a student suspended even once is three times more likely to get involved in the juvenile justice system in the same year as a student who was not suspended out of school. One peer-reviewed study found that when a student is required to appear in court as a penalty, the student’s likelihood of drop-out nearly quadruples. Another study found that any juvenile justice system involvement for males from ages 13.5 to 16.5 increased the student’s odds of dropping out 3.6 times.”
In the video above, VoiceWaves spoke to school board meeting attendees to get their reactions.