An Introduction to LCFF & LCAP
California's 2013-14 Budget Act approved a new state school finance system that greatly simplifies the way schools are funded in California. This new method is known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and represents a major shift in how California school districts were previously funded.
For nearly 40 years, California had relied on a system that included general purpose funding (known as revenue limits) and more than 40 tightly defined categorical programs to provide state funding to school districts. Under LCFF, California now funds school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education equally per student with adjustments based on grade levels and demographic characteristics. Furthermore, it requires school districts to develop accountability plans known as a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to demonstrate to the public how education funds are used to support youth in a specific district.
What does the LCAP measure?
The LCAP is focused on eight priority areas:
- Student Achievement - improving student achievement and outcomes
- Student Engagement - improving student engagement, including attendance
- Other Student Outcomes - measuring other student outcomes, including physical education and the arts
- Parental Involvement - involving parents and guardians to the community is engaged in decision-making
- School Climate - highlighting school climate and "connectedness"
- Basic Services - providing all students with high-quality teachers, instructional materials, and safe learning environments
- Common Corre - support the implementation of new, rigorous academic standards in California schools
- Course Access - ensuring every student has access to courses that prepare them for college and career