On July 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the most comprehensive reform to California’s school funding system in 40 years. This changes the way school funding has been done and more importantly it moves control to the school district level on how they can spend their funds via the Local Control and Accountability Plan.
- Restore K-12 funding to pre-recession levels over time.
- Benefit high-needs students.
- Ensure state funding for schools is more consistent through California.
- Require that every school district create its own Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
- Hold districts accountable for devising strategies to engage the community and parents in their spending priority and programmatic decisions.
- Establish a set of state priorities – including college and career preparedness, student engagement and parental involvement – that every district must address.
Here is a 4 minute overview video on LCFF from EdSource.
The bottom line is LCFF gives school districts more authority to spend money using LCAP developed in partnership with the community. That’s where you need to get engaged.
More information on LCFF can be found at California Dept. of Education, California School Boards Association, California PTA, Children Now, State Board on Education, Legislative Analysts Office, California Teachers Association and your local school district (SCUSD, Sunnyvale, Cupertino).
Local Control and Accountability plans
LCAP plans focus on Eight Priority Areas and you can influence them by being a part of your school district local Parent advisory board for LCAP.
You can propose items that would help in the above eight areas. At the SCUSD meeting, we saw proposals for reduced class sizes, more schools, eBook readers, tablets, expanded after school activities, more hands-on learning via Field trips, focus on life skills education, more parent involvement, more involvement with local companies, etc. It’s your chance to influence how the school district will spend the money they will get under the new law.
Find out from your school district how to get involved in the planning process.