What is SLED?
SLED is a volunteer-led, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax I.D. # 26-3044668. We raise funds through a broad-based community effort to support quality academic and enrichment programs and student support services for all students attending schools in the San Leandro Unified School District. SLED’s members are comprised of a board of directors, advisory board, parent school liaisons, and other volunteers.

Who are the SLED Board and its volunteers?
The SLED Board of Directors is made up of volunteers just like you. Some Board members are parents of children in the San Leandro Unified School District, but Board members also come from the general community as well. All are welcome! Board members bring to SLED their wealth of professional and personal experience in a number of areas: finance, marketing, technology, event planning, strategic programming, etc. In addition to the Board of Directors, there are many SLED volunteers who give their time for projects both large and small. We have everything ranging from one- time volunteers who stuff envelopes for an hour, to parents who volunteer as Liaisons at their child's school, and everything in between!

Which schools does SLED serve?
We serve the following SLUSD schools: Garfield Elementary, James Madison Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Bancroft Middle, John Muir Middle, Lincoln Learning Center, and San Leandro High.

What percentage of the money raised goes to the schools and what percent covers administrative costs?
Administrative expenses for SLED are low because volunteers do the majority of work. Current administrative and fundraising costs represent less than 20 percent of the total budgeted foundation funds (excluding fees to file for nonprofit status in the year of inception). The remaining 80% goes directly to the schools we serve. Groups such as Charity Navigator — a Web site that rates nonprofits — say the rule of thumb is that a nonprofit should spend at least 75 percent of its money on programs, less than 15 percent on administrative expenses and less than 10 percent on fundraising.

What is the difference between SLED and PTA/PTO fundraising?
The PTA/PTO organization associated with your child's school raises money for individual school site needs. PTA/PTO works with your school administration to allocate funds raised for various needs such as staffing, equipment, site improvements, etc. These funding efforts are supplemental to SLED. It takes funds from these primary sources — PTA/PTO and SLED to subsidize the huge gap in state funding necessary to sustain the academic enrichment programs and student services essential to the distinguished schools our children enjoy today.

How does LCAP impact our schools?
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) replaces California’s nearly half-century-old, state-controlled school finance system with one that promises more local control as well as greater transparency and fairness.

Under the old system, school districts received approximately two-thirds of their revenues as general-purpose funding based on complex historical formulas (known as “revenue limit” funds), and about one-third through nearly four dozen highly regulated “categorical programs,” such as for summer school, textbooks, staff development, gifted and talented students, and counselors for middle and high schools.

Under the new system, districts will receive a uniform base grant for every district, adjusted by grade level, plus additional funds for students with greater educational needs, defined as low-income, English learner and foster youth students. Districts will get an additional 20 percent of the base grant based on the numbers of these students enrolled in a district, and even more when they make up more than 55 percent of a district’s enrollment.

The transition to the new formula began in the 2013-14 school year. Full implementation of the new funding formula is projected to take eight years. The vast majority of school districts will receive more funding under the new formula after it is fully implemented. School districts will have more authority than before to decide how to spend their money. But they will also face new obligations to show that their spending improved student performance. Districts must adopt a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), after soliciting suggestions from teachers, parents and the community, and update it annually.

The plan must spell out the district’s goals for improving student outcomes according to eight priorities set by the state, and align spending to meet the goals. Districts that fail to meet their goals and improve student outcomes will receive assistance from county offices of education and through a new agency, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Districts that are persistently failing could be subject to state intervention or even a state takeover.

Can I designate that my donation support the specific school my child attends?
No. SLED was established to fund District-wide educational programs which provides academic and student support continuity. Because we work closely with the District and schools to identify funding needs - and allocate money accordingly – you can be assured that the money you contribute will directly benefit the quality of funded programs and services at your child(ren)’s school(s).