I’ve Seen the LCAP’s Future, And it Ain’t Pretty

I’ve Seen the LCAP’s Future, And it Ain’t Pretty

I’ve been reading a lot of California district’s Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) lately. After the first few, I felt this acute sense of deja vu. I knew there was a time years ago when I also sat in a dusty office, surrounded by stacks of paper covered with check boxes and objectives and targets. I couldn’t pin it down. Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me. It was the time when I was a special education teacher, reading through the Individualized Education Plans of students with disabilities. Reading LCAPs was like reading the IEPs of schools districts.

The similarities are striking. Both are government-sanctioned forms divided into sections that require hours of manual text and data entry. Both have an annual review process and a three year timeline. Both mandate parent involvement and collaboration with educators. Both are used for planning, resource allocation and accountability.

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About the Author

Arun Ramanathan
Dr. Ramanathan has a stellar track record of growing and leading organizations, as well as extensive practical experience in a variety of public education settings. Prior to joining Pivot Learning Partners, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Executive Director for Education Trust West, a leading education research and policy advocacy organization in California.