CA’s Local Control Funding Formula
What is LCFF?
Governor Jerry Brown reformed school funding in 2013 when he implemented the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). LCFF provides school districts with additional funds for each foster youth, English language learner, and low-income youth. Districts are required to use those additional funds to improve the educational outcomes of these targeted groups of students.
LCFF lets districts use the funds in a way that fits them best. With more flexibility there is also increased accountability for improving outcomes through a Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP. LCAPs are three-year plans that must include annual goals that address each of the eight priorities set by the state, including: (1) basic services, (2) implementation of standards, (3) parental engagement, (4) student achievement, (5) student engagement, (6) school climate, (7) access to courses and (8) other student outcomes. Each district must develop and implement their own LCAP with parent and stakeholder input, which makes the budgeting and planning process more open and transparent. Additionally, districts must set out in the LCAP the specific actions, services and expenditures required to meet each annual goal.
Each district submitted its LCAP to the state on June 30. Information on how districts are performing for specific types of students can be found in their Dashboard.