California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplifies the state’s school finance system. The changes introduced by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represent a major shift in how California funds Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). For nearly 40 years, California has relied on a system that included general purpose funding (known as revenue limits) and more than 50 tightly defined categorical programs to provide state funding to LEAs.Under LCFF, California funds school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education equally per student with adjustments based on grade levels and demographic characteristics. LCFF replaces complexity in favor of equity, transparency, and performance.
In 2013-14, the state of California changed the way it funds school districts.The new model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that aligns spending to specific district goals for student achievement. One key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians and students — including homeless, foster youth and those from low-income and English learner communities — in providing input and feedback.
As the district develops a revised Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2016-17, there is a need to review progress.
The template provided by the state includes the Annual Update. In this section, the district reports progress on state-required and local measures. The district also re-states the actions, services, and allocation of funds in the prior year LCAP and reports on implementation and year-to-date expenditures.
Tables linked below will be used to complete the Annual Update section.
Parents, students and other stakeholders are invited to the third Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) workshop offered this year: Data Boot Camp.
This workshop will help community members understand the measures by which the district must show annual progress in the LCAP. It will be conducted in an interactive format and there will be ample time for questions. This will be of interest to School Site Council and ELAC members.
The district-wide survey to get feedback on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft closed on May 27. Nearly 2,000 parents, staff, students and community members participated in the survey which was offered in English plus the next five district threshold languages.
While the survey tool allowed staff and Public Education Volunteers (PEVs) to review the data in real time, the aggregated final results are found below.
As per education code, the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee and the district’s English learner parent advisory committee (DELAC) reviewed the Draft 2015-16 LCAP and have provided comments on the draft.
The superintendent of the school district must respond, in writing, to comments received from these parent advisory committee(s). The superintendent’s response to both committee’s comments is linked below.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has been the subject of many opinion pieces, research studies and government reports. A selection of credible print resources are linked here for those who wish to have more background on current topics in education, LCFF, and the plan for its implementation, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).