On April 23, 2020, the governor announced the highly anticipated Executive Order N-56-20 regarding the Local Control and Accountability Plan. The administration acknowledged the challenges Local Education Agencies are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizes LEAs need the flexibility to continue focusing on the issues at hand while still providing transparency to their communities.
The governor announced that the deadline for adopting the current year LCAP is extended until December 15, 2020 on the condition that the governing board of an LEA adopts a written report to the community that explains the changes to program offerings that have been made in response to COVID-19 school closures. The conditional report, based on a form developed by the California Department of Education, is intended to include a description on how LEAs are meeting the needs of unduplicated students and the steps they are taking to:
- Continue delivering high-quality distance learning;
- Providing school meals; and
- Arranging for the supervision of students during school hours.
The report must be adopted during the same meeting at which the governing board or body of the LEA adopts the annual budget due July 1, 2020.
Additional waivers to assist in the simplification of the LCAP process includes:
Removing the requirement that approval of the budget must include the adoption of the LCAP;
Suspending the requirement for data that is to be publicly reported for the Dashboard in conjunction with the adoption of the LCAP.
Furthermore, the EO waives the Physical Education instructional minutes and annual physical fitness tests and intends to partner with the Legislature to address the Dashboard in the near future.
The governor’s office has assured us that the conditional report is not intended to evaluate LEAs. Instead, it is an effort to understand what actions the district has taken and the dollars expended to address the issues related to these priorities. It is also the intent of the governor’s office that the report should be brief and ACSA will work with the CDE to ensure the form developed meets this objective.