Dozens of youth leaders spoke at the Kern High School District's (KHSD) June Board Meeting to make recommendations about the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is intended to support students who are foster youth, low-income, or English Language Learners.
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), dramatically changing the way school districts are funded by directing resources to higher-need school districts with the addition of equity-based dollars tied specifically to low-income students, foster youth students, and English Language Learners. The LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and community engagement, as every school district across the State is required to actively seek input from the all members of the community, including students, parents, and teachers.
Kern youth, along with Building Healthy Communities-Kern and the Kern Education Justice Collaborative, requested that the Kern High School District implement the following changes for the 2019-2020 academic year:
- More school therapists
- LGBTQ professional development for teachers and staff
- Free accessible feminine hygiene products
- Healthy food options
- Funding for activities celebrating Black History and Hispanic Heritage Months to encourage staff and youth to organize campus celebrations