In 2013, the state of California adopted a law called, "Local Control Funding Formula," which changes the way in which money is distributed to public schools. Under this new funding formula, the vast majority of districts will see significant increases in state funding as well as increased flexibility in how to allocate money to best meet the needs of students. As stated in an earlier blog post linked here, it is important to note that the Tamalpais Union High School District is among the few districts that will not receive additional funds.
The "Local Control Funding Formula" law requires that all school districts, regardless of whether they will receive increased state funding, must develop, adopt, and annually update a "Local Control Accountability Plan." This plan must outline the district's overall vision for learning and establishing goals for students in specific subgroups (low income, English Language Learners, foster youth) for each of the identified state educational priorities. Districts must also specify the actions and strategies that will be used to achieve their goals.
Many school districts in the state have found themselves in the position where they need to start from scratch to build their plans. However, for the past five years, the Tam District has had a strategic plan that clearly aligns to state priorities. It is also important to note that progress toward the strategic plan is regularly reported to the Tam District's Board of Trustees and changes are made annually. The Tamalpais Union High School District's strategic plan will be used as the basis for our Local Control Accountability Plan.
Part of the process to annually update our strategic plan has been to seek input from stakeholder groups. This is also a state requirement for the creation of the Local Control Accountability Plan.
As an involved partner with our district, I invite you to share your thoughts and perspective on our strategic priorities and the state priorities by completing the survey linked here. The survey is also available on the front page of our website, www.tamdistrict.org. Your input will be taken into consideration as we update our strategic plan as well as in the development of our Local Control Accountability Plan.
Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas.