Local Control Funding Formula
The Local Control Funding Formula provides base funding for all students as well as supplemental and concentration funding to support students from low income families, students with limited English skills, and foster youth.
In June of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law one of the most significant changes to the way California's school districts are funded. The new system, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), changes the way the state of California allocates funds to school districts. The LCFF provides base funding for all students as well as supplemental and concentration funding to support students from low income families, students with limited English skills, and foster youth. The LCFF went into effect July 1, 2013. Under the new funding rules, school districts are required to adopt Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) that demonstrate how funds will be spent. The LCAP must be adopted by July 1, 2014, and every three years thereafter. The LCAP must be updated each year and include annual goals in eight areas:
- Student Achievement
- Student Engagement
- School Climate
- Parent Involvement
- Basic Services
- Implementation of Common Core Standards
- Course Access
- Other Student Outcomes
The plan must include both goals for the district and for each numerically significant subgroup (30 or more students). The plan must specify the actions a school district will take to achieve these goals and be aligned with the district's annual budget. School districts are also required to solicit input from employees, parents, and students in crafting the LCAP.