LCFF/LCAP

(Local Control Funding Formula) LCFF

The 2013-14 state budget provided major changes both to the way the state allocates funding to school districts and charter schools, and the way the state supports and intervenes in under-performing schools. The LCFF is the state’s new funding formula for education that provides decision-making power to local education agencies, empowering districts to act based on the needs they see for their students. For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF creates base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of most previously existing K–12 funding streams, thus eliminating revenue limits and approximately three-quarters of state categorical programs. This will result in more flexibility for school leaders, with the assistance from parents and other local stakeholders, to determine the local academic priorities and how the state funding will be used to improve student achievement so that they graduate from high school and are college and career ready.

Besides embracing local control and local accountability, LCFF also emphasizes equity and provides additional funding for targeted disadvantaged students: English learners, students eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (low income), and foster youth. Districts and charter schools with these student populations will receive a supplemental grant equal to 20 percent of the base grant for each eligible student, and a concentration grant equal to 50 percent of the base grant for targeted students exceeding 55 percent of a school district’s or charter school’s total student enrollment.

Until full implementation of LCFF in 2020-21, school districts and charter schools will receive roughly the same amount of funding they received in 2012–13 plus an additional amount each year to close the gap between current funding levels and the new LCFF target levels. The state budget projects the time frame for full implementation of the LCFF to be eight years.

(Local Control Accountability Plan) LCAP

The LCAP is an important instrument for measuring our progress as a high-performing school district, and we want to illuminate this process as Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) prepares to meet new state requirements. The LCAP is a 3 year accountability plan that Districts must use to report on progress annually with the goals set for all students.

In simplest terms, the LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that school districts are expected to share performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of available LCFF funding. In EGUSD, we are on the cutting edge as each school has developed a 3 year Site LCAP to mirror the plan and process at the district level. The Site LCAP is a school plan that meets both federal and state requirements, thus and eliminates duplicating efforts by writing two plans. The plan is also a resource to assist schools with developing a budget that aligns with the school plan goals and actions.

The Site LCAP includes strategies aligned to the 8 State Priorities for all students. It contains an analysis of pupil achievement and of progress made in implementing the goals identified in the prior plan. The projected costs of implementing prescribed actions and strategies are also defined. Finally, the Site LCAP details a process of development that includes the engagement of and consultation with teachers, principals, administrators, other school personnel, parents, and students.

LCFF-LCAP Information

LCFF/LCAP INFORMATION


One of the most important features of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is providing an opportunity for parent, community, teachers, staff, and students voices to be heard as important EGUSD decisions are being made regarding academic priorities and budget. LCFF provides a framework for districts to work with their communities and implement locally tailored approaches to achieve greater student outcomes. EGUSD is in the process of soliciting input from ALL of its stakeholders. Please use the comment area on the LCFF/LCAP website to give us your suggestions and/or thoughts on the EGUSD Draft 2015-2018 LCAP.

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