L.A. Unified’s Local Control and Accountability Plan Approved

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 8, 2014)  –  The numbers were irrefutable. The $700 million in question was indeed spent appropriately last year on students with high needs. As a result of that clarification, the Los Angeles County Office of Education has approved the District’s spending plan targeting additional state dollars to help low-income students, English Language Learners and youth in foster care do better academically.

The blueprint, known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), lays out how the District will allocate resources in the current 2014-15 school year.  However, the amount is based on what was spent during the previous school year.  In L.A. Unified’s case, that included $450 million in unrestricted general funds spent on special education students with high needs.  

“We anticipated approval,” Superintendent John E. Deasy said. “The additional funds will increase our instructional support for the students who most need it.”
 
Initially, the county education department withheld approval pending the rationale for how $700 million was spent on the targeted groups of students.  L.A. Unified substantiated that the millions were used to help students, including those with special needs, who fit the categories without duplication.
 
As a result, the LCAP and the District’s $6.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 school year have both been approved. 
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