CCSA Answers: How charter schools that use the LCAP in place of the School Plan can meet federal planning requirements

February 14, 2019

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Question:
How can charter schools that use the LCAP in place of the School Plan meet federal planning requirements?

Answer:
According to the School Improvement and Support Office of the California Department of Education (CDE), California charter schools that use the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements must meet several requirements.

For Schoolwide Programs, charter schools must include professional development and other activities for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel to: 1) improve instruction, 2) improve the use of data from academic assessments, and 3) recruit and retain effective teachers. If a school operating a schoolwide program uses Title I, Part A funds to establish or enhance preschool programs, the LCAP must include strategies for assisting preschool students in the transition from early childhood education programs to local elementary school programs.

For charter schools using the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), any changes made to the goal, expected outcomes, metrics, or actions and services must meet the CSI planning requirements listed under each section of the Instructions. For example, as a result of the Annual Update, if changes are made to a goal(s), see the Goal section for CSI planning requirements. Specifically, in the LCAP sections titled "Planned Actions/Services," "For Actions/Services Not Contributing to Meeting the Increased or Improved Services Requirement," "For Actions/Services Contributing to Meeting the Increased or Improved Services Requirement," and "Actions/Services," charter schools using the LCAP in place of the School Plan shall include evidence-based interventions. In the "Budgeted Expenditures" section of the LCAP, charter schools utilizing the LCAP to meet federal school planning requirements, shall identify CSI funding as the funding source for each proposed expenditure, as applicable.

Charter schools eligible for CSI will complete the CSI prompts in the Plan Summary section in the LCAP. The charter school will submit only the Plan Summary section of the LCAP to the County Superintendent of Schools of the county in which the charter school resides for review and approval of only the CSI prompts within the Plan Summary of the charter school's LCAP.

Get more information about the CSI Program Requirements here.