Mt. Diablo district parents are encouraged to weigh in on the future of learning and funding for their children's schools.

Since the state Board of Education in January adopted emergency regulations to help school districts create plans for spending their money, districts are now asking parents for help in their own Local Control Accountability Plan.

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District started holding meetings in January to explain the plan, which combines the implementation of general district programs, new Common Core Standards and supplemental support for students, according to the district website. It's also the "umbrella guiding document" for the new local control funding formula, according to the site.

Superintendent Nellie Meyer has planned a series of outreach meetings to get input and give information.

Remaining meetings are as follows:

  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Diablo View Middle School in Clayton

  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Northgate High in Walnut Creek

  • 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Concord High

  • 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Mt. Diablo High

  • 6:30 p.m. May 20 at College Park High

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    Join parents, local education experts, elected officials and community members for the 34th annual "PTA Advocacy Day: Education in Transition," hosted by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs, Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the San Ramon Community Center.


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    The goal is for attendees to learn and appreciate the policy, curriculum and funding changes occurring in public education this year.

    Presenters will cover major transitions in standards (from CST to Common Core)' transitions in standardized testing (from paper/fill-in the bubble STAR test to the online); transitions in funding (from revenue limits to Local Control Funding Formula); and opportunities for parent engagement through the newly mandated Local Control and Accountability Plan.

    Speakers on tap include California State PTA Vice President for Education Patty Scripter, Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez), state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and EdSource's John Fensterwald.

    For more information go to http://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/AD2014

    Submit School Notes items to enardi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.