Increasing Ventura County school districts’ LCFF target funding suggests that specific districts are experiencing approximately the levels of financial pain shown below (above and beyond the general pain described in West-Ed’s “Silent Recession”).
Across the high-cost counties we’ve reviewed, this pain is generally reflected in multiple measures including less-experienced staff, higher staff turnover, less support staff, fewer enrichment programs (unless supported by external funding sources), perennial budget shortfalls, lower reserves, larger schools, larger class sizes, lower salary structures, antagonistic relationships between trustees, parents, unions, and staff. It is often worse, however, in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, since the fixed Federal free-or-reduced-price-lunch cut-off excludes many high-needs students from LCFF student-need supplementation who are experiencing housing-cost related poverty.
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Please contact your state legislators. Here is the state search tool to find them. Their details are below. Rally friends to make a bigger imPACT!
- Email is nice -- tell them how your school is hurting and how you want them to “support a regional cost supplement to the Local Control Funding Formula in the May Revise.” (They’ll be impressed.)
- A phone call is better -- ask their office if they are supporting a regional cost supplement for your school district -- share a personal story and tell them where they can find more information (here!) if they ask.
- Tweet to your representatives -- ask if they will stand up for your schools and your students and support a regional cost supplement! Tag #MakeAnImPACT and @EducateOurState
- Fax your legislators' offices -- phone calls and faxes are always heard. Get your friends to all do it together for a bigger imPACT.
Now dig deeper! Whom do you know in the Education Community? An education researcher at Cal, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCSD or USC? A school board member? Send them an email, too, and link to this site. We need to influence the influencers!
Still willing to work to help your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids AND the kids on the other side of the tracks in your county? Please, put this on Facebook and Twitter, talk at your school PTA meeting, address your school board. We are here to help -- just reach out to us here and let us know.
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HENRY STERN State Senate District 27 https://sd27.senate.ca.gov/ Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 5080, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4027 District Office 5016 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 222, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 876-3352
Twitter: @SenHannahBeth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenHannahBeth/
HANNAH-BETH JACKSON State Senate District 19 https://sd19.senate.ca.gov/ State Capitol, Room 2032, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4019 District Offices 222 E. Carrillo Street, Suite 309, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 965-0862 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 430, Oxnard, CA 93036; (805) 988-1940
Twitter: @HenrySternCA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HenrySternCA/
JOAQUIN ARAMBULA Assembly District 31 https://a31.asmdc.org/district-map Capitol Office, Room 5155 Sacramento, CA 94249-0031; (916) 319-2031 District Office 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 5031, Fresno, CA 93721; (559) 445-5532
Twitter: @DrArambulaAD31 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberDrJoaquinArambula/
MONIQUE LIMON Assembly District 37 https://a37.asmdc.org/district-map Capitol Office, Room 6031 Sacramento, CA 94249-0037; (916) 319-2037; District Office 101 West Anapamu Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 564-1649 89 South California Street, Suite F, Ventura, CA 93001; (805) 641-3700
Twitter: @AsmMoniqueLimon Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsmMoniqueLimon/
CHRISTY SMITH Assembly District 38 https://a38.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 2158 Sacramento, CA 94249-0038; (916) 319-2038 District Office 27441 Tourney Road, Suite 160, Santa Clarita, CA 91355; (661) 286-1565
Twitter: @Christyfor38 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsmChristySmith/
JACQUI IRWIN Assembly District 44 https://a44.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office Room 5119 Sacramento, CA 94249-0044; (916) 319-2044; District Office 2301 East Daily Drive, Suite 200, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 482-1904 230 West 7th Street, Oxnard, CA 93030; (805)483-4488
Twitter: @ASM_Irwin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberJacquiIrwin/