Alan Schlichting, director of student support services, said changes included the addition of a full-time mental health coordinator and an online learning coordinator, along with the restoration of site mental health support, including guidance assistants at the elementary level and Project Success staff at the secondary level. (You can access IUSD's completed LCAP here.)
Alan Schlichting is IUSD's director of student support services, and he's been making the rounds lately to share information about the state's new Local Control Funding Formula, which represents a dramatic shift in the way California allocates dollars for education.
At the Board of Education meeting on Feb. 4, Schlichting
explained that the LCFF
will channel more resources to students with the greatest needs, including English-Learners, foster youth and low-income students.
It will also mean greater accountability requirements, with broader benchmarks for measuring success.
We sat down with Schlichting
this week for a brief follow-up interview to learn more about the LCFF
and what it means for Irvine.
At this week's Board of Education meeting, Alan Schlichting, IUSD's director of student support services, offered an overview of the state's new Local Control Funding Formula and what it means for Irvine.
said the LCFF model has replaced the Revenue Limit formula that's been in place for nearly 40 years, as well as about three-quarters of the state's categorical programs, which are smaller pots of money designated for specific purposes.
Under the new system, he
said, school leaders - along with parents and other local stakeholders - will have greater flexibility to determine how best to use available dollars to further local priorities that improve student outcomes.
Academic priorities must be tied to each district's spending plan, so the school board will be expected to approve the accountability plan before adopting its annual budget, Schlichting
"We will have additional resources for students, and especially for those students who have greater needs," Schlichting