LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA (LCFF)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?
The Local Control Funding Formula, referred to as LCFF, is how the State of California funds school districts. It is a major change from the way school districts were funded and will require a transition from the old to the new.
When does Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) start?
It was approved by the California Legislature and Governor Brown in June 2013, and is effective this school year. However, all of the processes are not yet in place. For this transition year, school districts are being funded through a hybrid model of the old (Revenue Limit) and the new (LCFF).
What is different about the new model compared to the old model?
Under the old model, there was less local control and more state control. The new model is the opposite. For example, there were over categories of funding, each for a specific purpose identified by the State. The LCFF model has basically established three forms of funding, with more local decision making.
Base Grant for all students.
Supplemental Grant (focused on all English Language Learners, Free and Reduced Priced Meal eligible students, and foster youth).
Concentration Grant (focus on each English Language Learner or Free and Reduced Priced Meal eligible student above 55% of the district-wide enrollment).
How will schools be accountable?
Districts must develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP replaces the Local Education Agency Plan (LEAP). The LCAP is designed to ensure that academic achievement is aligned with expenditures. The LCAP must be approved with the district expenditure plan by the Board Trustees every June.
What does the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) measure?
Other Student Outcomes
Implementation of Common Core
What student subgroups are included in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Two or more races
Socioeconomically disadvantaged students
Students with disabilities
How is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) developed?
Districts engage parents and other stakeholder groups to establish and prioritize the eight goals listed above. A school and community based team consisting of all stakeholders, known as a District Site Leadership Team (DSLT) has met on September 27, 2013, and plans to meet again on January 17, 2014 and again on May 9, 2014. In addition, a public hearing will be held at the May 2014 Board meeting. School Site Councils also solicit information from their school community. The Plan requires districts to indicate the steps, or actions, it will take to meet the LCAP annual goals.
Please see the attached PDF for the January 17, 2014 presentation.
How many years is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
The LCAP is a three-year plan, but it must be updated once a year.
When will the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) be adopted?
Districts must adopt the LCAP at the same time it adopts a budget, prior to July 1st of every year. Our adoption is scheduled for the June 2014 Board meeting.
How can I find out more about the LCFF and LCAP?
The following live links provide in-depth information from a variety of organizations and perspectives:
California State Board of Education and WestEd LCFF Channel http://lcff.wested.org/lcff-channel/
Legislative Analyst’s Office LCFF Overview http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/movement/webinar_series_lcff_implementation
California School Boards Association LCFF Overview and Resources http://csba.org/GovernanceAndPolicyResources/FairFunding/LCFF.aspx
Children Now LCFF Webinar Series http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/movement/webinar_series_lcff_implementation
California Department of Education LCFF Overview and Frequently Asked Questions http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/
PTA Brochure - http://www.capta.org/sections/programs/lcff-lcap.cfm