New funding formula for California schools
In an effort to create a more equitable formula for distributing state funding, to provide greater flexibility to local school districts, and to support a student-centered, performance-focused environment, the State of California enacted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
The LCFF represents a major shift in how California funds local school districts. The goal of the LCFF is to simplify how state funding is provided to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, or “local educational agencies” (LEAs). The LCFF supports equity by employing a student-focused formula which provides more funding to school districts based on number and concentration of high-need students - English Learners, low-income, and foster youth.
How can the LCFF improve education for California's students?
Through the LCFF, the state is providing new decision-making power to local districts and their school boards, in collaboration with parents and other local stakeholders, to act based on their students’ needs. Local control, local flexibility, and local accountability are key components of the LCFF.