Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Resources

Local Control Funding Formula


UPDATE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-56-20, extending the deadline for approval of the 2020-21 LCAP to December 2020 and shifting the approval date of the new, three-year LCAP (2020-21 through 2023-24) to June 2021. Districts are required to complete an Operations Written Report to detail their response to the school closures resulting from the pandemic.  This must be approved in June 2020. Following are links to related resources:

Governor’s Executive Order N-56-20

CDE FAQs for Executive Order N-56-20

CDE Guidance for Written Report

CDE Webinar for Executive Order N-56-20

California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplified 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). 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 continuous improvement.

A component of LCFF is the creation of the district-specific strategic plan called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each LEA’s LCAP must outline goals, actions and services to support eight state priorities with special attention to increasing or improving services for low income, English learner and foster youth students.