At the end of April 2015, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and staff at Overfelt High School in San Jose came together to decide how to spend $50,000 of their school’s budget through an innovative process called participatory budgeting (watch video below to learn more). In fact, Overfelt High has become the first school in California to utilize participatory budgeting to allocate new school funding from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Read more about how PB worked at Overfelt High in this John Fensterwald’s Edsource article.
Interested in learning more about PB in schools? Join the Participatory Budgeting Project on June 4th at 11am (PST) for a free webinar on PB in schools. We’ll be joined by representatives from Californians for Justice, the educational justice organization that coordinated this first PB process at Overfelt High! For details and to register, click here.