Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Lynn Hatton- Hodson owns a company called InnovateEd along with her partner Jay Westover. InnovateEd provides professional development services to school districts.

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InnovateEd is in a partnership called LCAPca with ACSA (the Association of California School Administrators) and Progress Advisors.

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Systems Leadership Collaborative, is led by ACSA, Fullan, InnovateEd, The Flippen Group, and Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost. The Collaborative was designed to help 15 districts from around the state successfully implement their LCAP.



Trustee Hatton-Hodson failed to disclose her business interests in InnovateED, LCAPca, and Systems Leadership Collaborative on her form 700. A complaint has been filed with the District Attorney for Conflict of Interest, and a complaint has been filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failure to disclose her business interests.

Letter to DA:

Fair Political Practices Complaint:

InnovateEd has grown from a company doing less than $1 million in business, to a $2.4 million dollar company because of Trustee Hatton-Hodson's partnerships with LCAPca, Systems Leadership Collaborative and the EdTech companies they have relationships with.

On August 30, 2016 the Capistrano Unified School District held a Special Board meeting to discuss potential conflict of interest charges alleged against Trustee Hatton-Hodson based on a $10,000.00 payment to ACSA/Foundation for Education for CUSD membership in Systems Leadership Collaborative.

The Board Agenda can be seen at this link:

The Board Audio can be heard at the following link:

As a Trustee, Lynn Hatton - Hodson makes decisions on curriculum and technology spending for the Capistrano Unified School District. The fact that these business relationships were not disclosed, calls into question some of the Boards decisions regarding curriculum, and technology spending.

Trustee Hatton -Hodson has been on the CUSD Board of Trustees since 2010. Because of her known "expertise" in education (LACP development and Professional Development) her influence on the Board is substantial when it comes to curriculum and technology spending decisions.


Trustee Lynn Haton - Hodson's White Paper: Closing the Gap on College and Career Readiness:

Trustee Hatton- Hodson makes a living helping school districts improve the percentage of students who graduate high school ready for college and/or career. She has sat on the CUSD Board for six years, and has failed to implement her for-profit business plans for improving student achievement at CUSD. Why?

In March of 2011, Lynn Hatton and her partner Jay Westover wrote a White Paper entitled "Closing the Gaps of College and Career Readiness". 

The full paper can be read at:

The following is some of the main points of the White Paper:

"The overarching message from the findings can be summed up as a single outcome; 'students develop the attributes of college and career readiness from successful completion of a rigorous, college-aligned course of study with seamless transition into post-secondary education toward a viable career.' "

"The completion of Algebra II and four years of English are clearly the minimum for developing the skills of accessing text resources, thinking critically and effectively communicating in preparation for the demands of postsecondary education."

"The new measurement of student success for K-12 education is shifting to college-going rates without need for remediation."

"Four years of English and completion of Algebra II are essential for college and career readiness."

"Monitoring student progress toward completion of the A-G diploma and attaining readiness status on grade 11 EAP math and English assessments should serve as guide posts for creating college and career ready academic programs."


CUSD's Curriculum Is Unlike Other Districts And Actually Makes It More Difficult For Students To Complete A-G Requirements:

Capistrano Unified School District A- G Completion Rates

Source: California Department of Education Data Reporting Office




Capistrano Unified School District EAP Results