Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
As stated by the California Department of Education, “The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is hallmark legislation that fundamentally changed how all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state are funded, how they are measured for results, and the services and supports they receive to allow all students to succeed to their greatest potential.” Funding for schools is now based on the demographic profile of the students in the district and provides greater flexibility about how these funds will be used to improve student outcomes. Districts receive a base revenue amount for each student and additional funding for unduplicated counts of socio-economically disadvantaged, English Learners, and Foster and Homeless students. An important component of the LCFF is the requirement for districts to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which describes how they intend to use LCFF resources to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
Eight State Priorities
- Basic Service
- Student Achievement
- Implementation of Common Core State Standards
- Access to Courses
- Parental Involvement
- Student Engagement
- School Climate
- Other Student Outcomes
School districts are required to engage parents, educators, employees, and community members to establish the LCAP. The plan outlines the district’s overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions the district will take to meet the defined goals.