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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Presentation at Yolo County Office of Education, by Dr. Rex Fortune Jr., January 2020 from Rex Fortune   THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND INTRODUCTION & INVITATION FOR ME TO SHARE THIS CELEBRATION OF WHAT WOULD BE DR. KING’S 92ND BIRTHDAY. FOUR QUESTIONS WILL GUIDE OUR DISCUSSION TODAY.                       HOW DID MICHAEL KING BECOME DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.? WHAT WERE THE MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DR. KING? IF DR. KING WERE ALIVE TODAY, WHAT WOULD BE HIS MAJOR CONCERNS? WHAT WILL I DO THAT DEMONSTRATES THE EFFECT DR. KING’S LEGACY ON MY LIFE? DR....

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Overview This paper recommends that the legislature undertakes, as one of its approaches to addressing the achievement gap, the implementation of a strategy to address the lowest performing public school student group, not including those already in special needs programs. The strategy would include, but not be limited to, the educational establishment as the deliverer of necessary services to pre-school, elementary, secondary students- as well as their adult parents or guardians. It would also engage the California Community College System and the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation as described below. Introduction The strategy would focus on nine California counties*...

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The California Department of Education (CDE) sent an “Official Letter” to County Superintendents of Schools on November 28, 2018 detailing new information regarding the Low-Performing Students Block Grant (LPSBG) for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The letter provided the link where the apportionment schedule is posted. The size of the apportionment that any school district, charter school or county office is scheduled to receive is tied to the number of eligible students they have who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) or eligible for special education services. I reviewed those apportionments and found...

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Across the nation, a public debate has launched about equity in our public education system and the steps that must be taken to close the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for our lowest-performing students. Recently, California took a huge step forward in supporting thousands of students who are being left behind academically year after year. Thanks to new funding, our state's lowest-performing students will soon receive an additional $2,000 in per pupil educational funding through the "Low Performing Students Block Grant." This critical new one-time funding, adapted from Assembly Bill (AB) 2635, will help close the achievement gap and increase...

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