I know. Thrilling. Because who doesn't sit around on a Wednesday afternoon and think: "You know what I could use? A data-filled nerd-o-rific Power Point presentation!" Everyone, right? Oh, wait, no. Power point is mind-numbing.
So, anyway, rather than tell you stories about my ability to cause pain to big-eyed little girls, or how much fun it is to have an infection that involves lots and lots of coughing when your ribs are bruised, or the compelling saga of Antibiotics: Round 2!, I've got enough charts to semi-sort of even out all the Crappy! Chart! Thursdays! I've been blowing off.
Enjoy (and if it's hard to read here, click on the google docs thing and you should be able to bring it up).
Note (added 1/22): The district put some window-dressing up about how LAP funds are allocated to schools bla-diddy bla. So. Let's talk turkey about LAP, since I just had a loooverly conversation with a couple of very nice LAP supervisors down at OSPI (ASAP! VIP! RSVP! Sorry. I just wanted to add some more acronyms). LAP is state funded, and SPS (more acronyms!) counts it as a grant. Districts get a pot of money based on the number of students they have who are performing below grade level (although I should geekily admit, the LAP funding calculation appears to have some FRL data in it. Wow, this is acronym-o-rific). The districts then get discretion on how to spend their dough (as long as they follow rules that come with the dough). As it turns out, the LAP pot I estimate in my charts may be smaller than the total pot of LAP dough the district gets.
While for the most part, the district must do stuff that only benefits the kids who aren't achieving, LAP money can be used for professional development, and there ain't no percentage or dollar cap on that (hmmm. Anyone else wondering how many coaches are funded with LAP money?). If a district decides that they do not wish to put LAP money into schools receiving Title I money, that is at the district's discretion. Also, the district can carry-over up to 10% of all LAP funds they get to the next year. More than that, they lose it.
So, what exactly did district staff say about LAP funds Wednesday evening? Well... "The LAP funds are allocated to schools [emphasis mine] based on the demographics of schools." Not quite, kids. The funds are allocated to the district, and the district can decide how to allocate.
Maybe a little more on this later, because I don't know about you, but I smell a financial shell game. Frankly, I'd rather smell brownies in my kitchen, but hey, I'll take what I can get.