July 3, 2024Richmond Confidential reporter Choekyi Lhamo spoke with Law Fellow Karissa Provenza about West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) process to pass the legally required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a parent-led plan that sets the course for about $64.8 million in district spending, particularly for the district’s most vulnerable students. Without an LCAP, the school board cannot pass their proposed $509 million operating budget, set to go into effect July 1.

Karissa Provenza, an attorney with Public Advocates supporting the committee, said that the district is legally obligated to engage with the committee before it presents the final budget to the board. The committee then has an opportunity to provide more feedback, based on what the district accepted or rejected in the plan. “So that process did not happen this year,” she said.

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