The Patterson Joint Unified School District will hold a community forum tonight at Apricot Valley School to gather public comment on where schools should spend their money.
Patterson and districts throughout the state are meeting with a mix of parent groups, English-learner committees, student leadership and business panels to gather suggestions for budget priorities.
Added taxes voters agreed to in passing Proposition 30 in 2012 required all California districts to take community concerns into account when deciding where the money goes. The process, called the Local Control Accountability Plan, will guide creation of each district’s 2014-15 budget and lay out the district’s goals and how it will evaluate whether it has reached them.
The nonprofit Education Trust-West on Wednesday released a list of funding suggestions parents and others could consider:Academic support: