On December 11, 2013, Sacramento City Community Priority Coalition was launched which includes the follow organizations and groups: Building Healthy Communities, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, Hmong Mien Lao Community Action Network, Hmong Innovating Politics, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Black Parallel School Board, People Reaching Out, Making Cents Work, Sacramento City Teachers Associations, Sacramento Council PTA, Democracy and Education Institute, and La Familia Counseling Center. Since the December meeting, the coalition has held monthly meetings to discuss both the LCAP and LCFF.
During the month of February 2014, the coalition asked each partner to develop a questionnaire and survey their communities. Black Parallel School Board, Sacramento City Teacher Association, La Familia Counseling Center and Hmong Mien Lao Community Action Network conducted surveys. The SCTA survey results top priorities include lower class size, teacher driven professional development, early intervention and counselor. The top priorities of the HMLCAN include: more after-school programs, more teacher training on cultural responsive teaching, and increased parent engagement. The BPSB survey top priorities include: reduce class size, professional development for teacher in cultural proficiency, and more counselors. The top priorities of the La Familia Counseling Center survey results include: smaller class size and cultural awareness programs.
The Community Priority Coalition agreed to the following top priorities: reduced class size, professional development in cultural proficiency and restorative justice, and after-school/early intervention programs. Using the Coalition’s top priorities, more than ten meetings were held with Making Cents Work to develop the process and templates for the alternative budget.
The purpose of the Sacramento Community Priority Coalition(CPC) is to educate and engage the community (students, parents, teachers and community members) in the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan and process. Each year the CPC produces an Alternative District Budget to submit to the District trustees. It also conducts educational forum on LCAP, parent and youth voice in the LCAP process, as well as engages in Participatory Budgeting process in local high schools.
CPC meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4625 44th Street, Rm 5, Sacramento, CA 95820.