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How CBOs Can Support Improved Achievement & Address Learning Loss
The past two years have seen a dramatic shift in the narrative and optics of public education. Mandates related to health and safety and pandemic protocols became a lightning rod for public debate. The decorum of board meetings deteriorated, and the many LEAs found it challenging to return to a focus on student achievement. As we open the 2022 – 2023 school year CBOs and Cabinet leaders are faced with spiking new variants (BA.4 & BA.5); rampant Inflation (over 9.1% in June alone); influxes of new one-time funding; as well as the pressures of a labor shortage in key areas. Compounding this is the change in attendance behaviors of students, especially those in TK-3 grade spans, where the lower ADA and enrollment trends from the past two years are continuing as are the warning signs of a recession on the near horizon.

With the inclusion of the 3-year averaging of ADA, LEAs will be funded on the higher 2019-2020 ADA (with the past year likely adjusted to traditional ADA rate to mitigate some of the loss). For the next two years, however, that highest year will fade out and the potential of a fiscal cliff is imminent – unless the lower ADA trends can be reversed. LEAs need to invest in restoring confidence and trust with our communities. Anxiety about coronavirus will continue to play out longer that we had hoped and there is a need to help students to restore good attendance habits. Attendance is the number one indicator in dropouts and course failures. Attendance also is the number driver in improving early literacy, increasing reclassification rates, and increasing graduation rates.

CBOs have the opportunity to directly support district climate and support increasing revenue simultaneously. Join us for a lively discussion on what’s required lead our way out of the current negative environment and to restore faith in public education with both internal and external stakeholders and help restore the political focus back to our core mission of education.

Sep 13, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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