Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Working towards an Inclusive and Transparent Public Planning Process in Compliance with California's Local Control Funding Formula
by Tarango, McKenzie, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2018, 189; 10838043
Abstract (Summary)

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dispensation requires a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) in which the public participates in a Public Planning Process (PPP) with the district. The problem this qualitative phenomenographic study addressed is how the LCAP’s omission of a definition for the inclusive and transparent PPP may unintentionally lead to disproportionate inclusion of individual participants or stakeholder groups. Therefore, the researcher examined 10 California school district superintendents’ or their designees’ conceptions about what constitutes an inclusive, fair, and open PPP. For the purposes of this study, the International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) Quality Assurance Standards, specifically the 7 core values, served as the conceptual framework.

The objective of the research was twofold, first to identify how local educational agency (LEA) leaders conceive the use of the IAP2’s core values to define successful public stakeholder engagement for the LCAP in terms of inclusivity, fairness, and openness. The second goal was to determine what measures, guidelines, and techniques these leaders believe can contribute to the inclusiveness, fairness, and openness of the LCAP public stakeholder engagement process.

This study resulted in 3 conclusions study. First, the interviewees accepted the IAP2 core values as a foundation for best practices in the LCAP’s stakeholder engagement process. Second, data from the study clearly suggest that each interviewee has his/her own conception of what measures, guidelines, and techniques contribute to the inclusiveness, fairness, and openness of the LCAP stakeholder engagement process. Third, authentic participation, communication, equity, facilitation, local control, and trust are suggested as imperative to an inclusive, fair, and open stakeholder engagement PPP.

The researcher made three recommendations. First, the California Department of Education (CDE) should adopt a set of stakeholder engagement PPP core values for districts to use as a foundation. Second, the CDE should seek out a district or districts to pilot a set of core values to guide the stakeholder engagement component of the LCAP. Third, until the CDE is able to establish a rubric or set of core values to guide the stakeholder engagement PPP, districts should identify their own set of core values based on current research such as IAP2.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kirnon, Stephen
Commitee: Davis, Kay, Valdes, Karen
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education finance, Education Policy, Education
Keywords: IAP2, LCAP, LCFF, Local control accountability plan, Local control funding formula, Stakeholder engagement
Publication Number: 10838043
ISBN: 978-0-438-13358-7
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