As the Burbank Unified School District moves forward in developing its plan to reinstate programs and positions cut since 2007 and come up with a comprehensive district plan for the future, the district has assembled a large group of people including teachers, administrators, school site members, parents, students and other members of the Burbank community to help draft a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP.)
One of the ways BUSD seeks community and stakeholder input is through an online survey available now on the district’s website. As the school moves forward in establishing a priority list, data is needed to help the group working on the LCAP and the online survey is a way to get some of that data.
The BUSD survey asks respondents to choose priorities from a predetermined list and also allows for personal or specific input or comments about programs, positions and priorities.
BUSD has lost about $100 million dollars in State funding cuts since 2007. Since public education funding by the State is mandated to be at 40% of the California budget, the amount available to BUSD and other school districts has been dramatically cut over the recent years of recession.
Governor Jerry Brown has announced there will be more money available to public schools in the future through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), directly related to California’s improving economic situation. Just over $2 million has been made available to BUSD for the 2013-14 school year and that number is expected to increase for 2014-15.
While BUSD will not be able to reinstate right away most of the deep cuts that have been made over the years, the group working on the LCAP will draft the list of top priorities for funding for the coming years. BUSD seeks stakeholder input and encourages all parents, students, teachers and members of the Burbank community to speak up.