Do you know about the new funding source for California schools called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?
The funding is based on the demographic profile of students with more funding going to low socioeconomic students. Most of the categorical funding that was in place prior to LCFF is gone allowing districts to decide where the funding will go with particular targets:
- Grade span-specific base grants that reflect adjustments for grades K-3 class sizes and grades 9-12 career technical education;
- Supplemental grants equal to 20 percent of the adjusted base grants multiplied by the LEA’s unduplicated percentage of English learners, free and reduced-price meal eligible, and foster youth students;
- Concentration grants equal to 50 percent of the adjusted base grants multiplied by an LEA’s percentage of unduplicated pupils above 55 percent;
- Small school allowance for any qualifying school; and
- Two add-ons equal to the amounts LEAs received in 2012-13 for the Targeted Instructional Improvement Block Grant and Home-to-School Transportation programs.
School districts throughout California are currently voting or will be voting on their LCFF funding plan called Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Districts are supposed to have parent advisor committees that examine the LCAP and offer their opinions prior to the boards of their districts or charter schools vote on them. Learn more by asking your child’s principal about the LCAP and how your school will be funded.