About The LCAP
California's New School Finance System
On July 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the 2013-14 state budget package and instituted a new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that overhauls how California funds its K-12 schools.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)The Local Control Funding Formula is a major change to how California has supported local educational agencies. Through the local control funding formula the state is providing new decision making power to local educational agencies to act based on the needs they see for students. In addition, this shifts California from treating funding as an input to support students to a resource that is linked to performance expectations.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)Complementing the changes to state funding made by the Local Control Funding Formula is a newly required Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that LEAs are expected to share performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of available LCFF funding. LCAPs are three-year plans, updated annually.
8 Priority Areas
LCFF identifies eight priority areas
- Basic Necessities: teachers, instructional materials, facilities
- Common Core State Standards
- Parental Involvement
- Student Achievement: State assessments, API, EL reclassification rates, college preparedness, etc.
- Student Engagement: attendance, dropout and graduation rates
- School Climate: suspension and expulsion, parent surveys
- Access to Courses
- Other student outcomes in subject areas