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.
Districts around the state of California acknowledge that communicating about the LCAP is a major challenge. From the California Collaborative for District Reform’s July 2016 report:
Many districts have responded to communication challenges by developing their own supplemental materials; executive summaries have emerged as one strategy for making LCAP information more accessible. District approaches vary widely, and little information exists in the field about how to create useful documents or outreach materials.
Please take a moment to review SCUSD’s one-page infographic that captures the highlights of the document. This document describes the actions, services and expenditures that are in place for the 2016-17 school year.
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.
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).