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LCAP State Priorities:
Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
Implementation of state standards
Parental involvement
Pupil achievement
Pupil engagement
School climate
Course access
Other pupil outcomes

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Hand 1: Teacher Effectiveness & Investing in Implementing the Common Core

Net Budget Change = 5.6%

This hand prioritizes teaching effectiveness while supporting the district in transitioning to the Common Core, including investments in technology, curriculum, and professional development for teachers and principals.

Highlighted cards support English learners and/or low-income students


    Student Achievement Impact
  • Invest in wireless infrastructure and data storage across the district to support Common Core needs
    0.8% Why?
  • Student Achievement Impact
  • Reduce average class size for grades K-2 by 4 from 28 to 24 during transition to full LCFF implementation
    1.2% Why?
  • Repurpose existing teacher and principal professional development time to support the implementation of the Common Core
    0.0% Why?
  • Provide principal professional development based on individual needs (could include Instructional Leadership, evaluating teachers, supporting teachers in the move to the Common Core, etc.)
    0.1% Why?
  • Establish parent/district groups, targeting parents of high-need student populations (English learners, low income students, foster youth), to engage them in the LCAP goal and prioritization process and collect feedback
    0.2% Why?
  • Invest 25% more in recruiting
    0.1% Why?
  • Give $10K stipend to your top 15% contributing teachers, including those who are taking on leadership roles and work in hard-to-staff subjects and schools, as a first step to revising job and compensation structure
    1.0% Why?
  • Adjust teacher schedules so teachers who share course content or students have the same free periods
    0.0% Why?
  • Student Achievement Impact
  • Offer 20% higher principal salaries and $10K stipends to Master Teachers to attract them to move to the 25% lowest performing schools
    0.3% Why?
  • Pay teachers for 90 additional minutes per week to be spent in effective collaborative planning
    0.3% Why?
  • Invest to implement and build capacity for (or improve) a high-quality teacher evaluation and data system (one-time investment)
    0.5% Why?
  • Invest in new, high-quality, vetted curriculum and assessments to support teachers in the transition to the Common Core
    0.6% Why?
  • Add 60 minutes of learning time to the school day in the 25% lowest performing schools
    1.0% Why?


    Student Achievement Impact
  • Make teacher layoff decisions based on performance instead of seniority
    -0.4% Why?
  • Eliminate raises for teachers rated unsatisfactory
    -0.1% Why?


  • Prioritizing school leadership, teacher compensation, evaluation, and development
  • Providing collaborative planning time, and expert support
  • Invest in transitioning to the Common Core through technology improvements, principal and teacher professional development, and vetted curriculum


  • Reducing compensation cost to the district through performance-based dismissals and freezing pay for teachers rated unsatisfactory

Although most budgets will be increasing under LCFF, districts are still faced with difficult tradeoffs. Replacing automatic salary increases with more targeted incentives can help districts find more dollars to use towards higher impact investments like collaborative planning time with strong leadership and expert support to build teaching effectiveness.

Your individual district context will dictate variations on these themes as you sort through what you can target in the short and long-term. What is important is that even as budgets are easing, you see these cards as critical tradeoffs that can get you closer to reform – and can help decrease the pressure to reinstate cuts you made in previous years.

As you contemplate controversial changes (such as changes to compensation), you'll need to consider your political capital. Changes will be more palatable with clear communication of the decision process and corresponding gains. Developing a sequenced approach over several budget cycles will allow you to communicate your goals, build consensus, and avoid trying to introduce too many changes at once.