Board Meeting Agenda: http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/5783286778959607327.pdf at page 468
Board Meeting Audio: http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSDBoardMeeting.Feb.22.2017.mp3 at 142:40 (2 hours 22 minutes 40 seconds)
The Board voted 6-0-1 (Trustee Reardon was absent) to waive bylaw 9311 and to place Board Policy 6171 on the Consent Calendar at the March 8, 2017 meeting for Ratification. District Staff is recommending that CUSD eliminate transportation funding for some; but not all Title I School of Choice students.
Under No Child Left Behind, all students enrolled in Title I schools identified as Program Improvement Schools were eligible to choose to transfer to another school and the District was required to pay for their transportation to that school.
President Barrack Obama signed into law the ESSA "Every Student Succeeds Act" replacing "No Child Left Behind". ESSA allows individual State's to determine whether or not to continue to offer "Choice" to students in Title I schools.
Under "Local Control" California has elected to allow individual school districts to determine whether or not to continue to offer "Choice" to students in Title I schools.
Staff is recommending that Board Policy 6171 be amended to eliminate paid transportation for some, but not all Title I students.
Children currently participating in Choice will be permitted to remain in that school until they complete the highest grade in that school. However- transportation will not be provided for any new students. In place of bus transportation parents will be given a mileage reimbursement. That amount was not specified.
at 142:40 (2 hours 22 minutes 40 seconds)
Trustee Reardon was absent.
Board Policy 9311(a) requires that all members of the Board must be present to waive a FIRST READING of a Board Policy change. In order to speed up the approval of this School of Choice Policy, the Board members that were present waived the bylaw so that this would come back at the next meeting on the Consent Calendar for RATIFICATION .
at 147:16 Superintendent Vital said that Staff would proceed as if this policy had been approved. "Assume approval and move forward".
at 150:32 Trustee Hatton-Hodson moves to waive bylaw 9311 and to place Board Policy 6171 on the Consent Calendar at the March 8, 2017 meeting for Ratification. Second by Trustee Pritchard.
at 1:54:17 Motion to approve FIRST READING Board Policy 6171 Title I Programs with the following change by Trustee Hatton-Hodson, Second by Trustee Hanacek:
2. Title I funds for Public School Choice transportation will not exceed 10 20 percent of the District’s Title I, Part A allocation.
Title I, Part A School Choice, 2016-17 School YearIn the 2016 - 17 school year, LEAs may elect to provide public school choice (Choice) to additional students enrolled in program improvement (PI) schools with paid transportation.
The Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has been reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and takes effect beginning in the 2017–18 school year. During the 2016 –17 school year, a transition year to ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has given states the flexibility to not require local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement several ESEA provisions which include the Choice program. California, with approval of the ESSA Transition Plan (DOC) by the State Board of Education (SBE) at its May 2016 meeting, has elected to not require LEAs to provide Choice for the 2016-17 school year. However, LEAs may choose to offer the program to additional eligible students in PI schools in the 2016-17 school year.
LEAs must allow students who previously transferred and those who are transferring in the 2016-17 school year to another public school under the ESEA Choice Program to remain in that school until the child has completed the highest grade offered in that school.
LEAs that are offering Choice must set aside a reasonable amount of funds to provide transportation to students who transferred to a non-PI school of choice. The total amount of funds to provide transportation for Choice students and alternative supports during the 2016-17 school year may not exceed an amount equal to 20 percent of the LEAs Title I, Part A allocation.
The following links of resources are provided as guidelines to those LEAs that elect to implement the Choice program in the 2016 –17 school year.
1. Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)