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High Priority Schools Grant Program   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that schools demonstrating the lowest performance on state indicators of student achievement need to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to school improvement in order to improve student learning. The Board shall provide all necessary support and assistance to any low-performing district school(s) to help ensure a quality education for all students.

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Board's decision to have a district school participate in the state's High Priority Schools Grant Program for Low-Performing Schools shall be voluntary. (Education Code 52055.600)

Whenever any district school is invited to participate in the program, the Board shall hold a public hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss whether or not to apply for participation and how to address the needs of the school and its students. If it is determined that the school will not accept the invitation to participate, the Board shall hold a public hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the reasons and rationale for the decision and to explain how the district intends to address the needs of the school and students. Neither of these discussions shall be placed on the consent calendar. (Education Code 52055.615)

When the Board holds any such public hearing(s), written notice shall be sent to representative parent organizations, including the parent teacher association, parent teacher clubs and school site councils, and may also be sent directly to parents/guardians in accordance with Education Code 48985. Notice also shall be sent to all local major media outlets, the local mayor, all members of the city council, all members of the county board of supervisors, the County Superintendent of Schools, and the County Board of Education. (Education Code 52055.615)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate all school improvement efforts to provide a coherent plan of action for addressing student needs.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)

(cf. 0420.3 - School-Based Student Motivation and Maintenance Program)

(cf. 0520 - Intervention for Underperforming Schools)

The Board shall closely monitor the progress of low-performing schools. The Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with regular reports on the status and results of school improvement efforts.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33126 School accountability report card

33400-33407 CDE evaluation of district programs

44510-44517 Principal Training Program

44579.5 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program

45125.1 Criminal background checks for contractors

48985 Parental notifications, languages other than English

51041 Evaluation of the educational program

51101 Rights of parents/guardians

52012 School site council

52053-52055.51 Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program

52055.600-52055.656 High Priority Schools Grant Program for Low-Performing Schools

60640 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

60810 English language development test

99220-99227 California Professional Development Institutes

99230-99242 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6311 State plan

6316 Academic assessment

6318 Parent involvement

6511-6518 Comprehensive School Reform program

Management Resources:

CSBA ADVISORIES

01-05 High Priority Schools Grant Program: New Resources Available for Schools in Decile 1

CDE PUBLICATIONS

High Priority Schools Grant Program: Guidance for Developing Action Plans and Securing Implementation Funding, March 2002

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Policy LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Adopted: July 7, 2004 Lawndale, California