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What are the LCFF and LCAP?

What are the LCFF and LCAP?

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Big Changes in School Funding

California's system for funding schools is getting its biggest overhaul since Prop 13, which significantly altered funding sources, passed in the 1970s. Beginning this school year, California Public Schools (including Charter Schools) will be funded through a new system that replaces the old "categorical" approach of the last several decades. The new system is known as the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF for short.

What is LCFF?

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) establishes a base grant for every student attending a public school in California. It then provides a supplemental grant for every student in a district who qualifies as low income, is a foster youth, or is an English language learner. Finally, a concentration grant is provided to school districts where more than 55 percent of students receive the supplemental grant.

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

In order to receive funding, every California school district is required to prepare a "Local Control and Accountability Plan which spells out a list of annual, measurable goals. Each Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) must address eight areas of state priorities:

  • Basic Services
  • Student Outcomes
  • Course Access
  • School Climate
  • Implementation of Common Core State Standards
  • Parental Involvement
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Achievement

For planning purposes, the state's proposed LCAP template groups the eight state priorities into three categories:

  • Conditions of Learning
  • Student Outcomes
  • Engagement
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