Local Control Funding Formula
is a new funding formula that will increaseschool funding & direct more resources to California’shighest-need students. It leaves significant spendingdecisions to local discretion, but does not requiredistricts or counties to adopt formal plans for thesefunds until 2014.
It is up to parents and students tomake sure LCFF funds are used responsibly this year.
how it workswhy it matters
e v e r y t h i n g y o u n e e d t o k n o w a b o u t t h e
Districts used to receive moneythrough
thatcould only be spent on specificprograms. There were over 40of these categorical programs,the majority of which havebeen eliminated under LCFF.The rest of the money, calledthe
, was givenout using a complicated andoutdated formula. The calcu-lation was different for eachdistrict, and did not take theneeds of students into account.Districts could use these fundsat their discretion.
Districts get more money,& more freedom to spend it.
The LCFF will add
in funding for the2013-14 school year. When fully implemented, theLCFF will increase California’s education spendingby
. School districts are getting moremoney and a lot more freedom to spend it howthey want. Though the old system’s categoricalprograms were problematic, they did ensure thatdistricts had to spend money on certain importantpriorities. Now spending decisions are largely leftto the discretion of local districts.By
January 31, 2014,
the State Board of Educationmust set the rules regarding how LCFF funds can bespent. The LCFF requires districts to develop LocalControl and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) thatestablish annual goals for all students, describe whatwill be done to achieve these goals, and detail howfunds will be spent to increase or improve servicesfor EL/LI/FY students. These plans do not have to beadopted until
This means that until then,a district could decide to use its money in ways thatdo not help its highest-need students.
it is up to you to make sure districts spend responsibly.
Districts are deciding howto use these fundsRIGHT now