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Local Control Funding Formula

posted Oct 18, 2013, 2:11 PM by Valley Onward
On Thursday, October 24th, The California Endowment, in conjunction with BHC and a number of other community groups, will be hosting a forum regarding the Local Control Funding Formula. 

Thanks to voter-approved Proposition 30 and an improving economy, California has started to reverse years of budget cuts and teacher layoffs.  State education spending is expected to increase $18 billion over the next eight years.  The Fair School Funding law – formally called the Local Control Funding Formula - determines how dollars will be distributed and how they can be used.

 Fair School Funding makes these important changes:

1.     More Money for Schools with the Greatest Needs. Fair School Funding increases dollars to specifically support the needs of students who are low-income, learning to speak English and living in foster homes.  

2.     A New Definition of School Success. Fair School Funding means schools won’t be judged by test scores alone.  Schools now also must develop plans to improve parent involvement, student engagement, and positive learning environments.

3.     More Local Control.  Fair School Funding gives parents and local school leaders more control over spending.  Under the new law, they will work together to create achievement plans and budgets to meet the unique needs of students in their communities. 

The Fair School Funding Law was signed into law on July 1st, 2013.  It was approved quickly and many details are still to be defined by the California Board of Education.  This fall, the Board is considering two important decisions:  (1) regulations that will define how new dollars can be spent; and (2) a template for an achievement plan (the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP) that every school district will complete to show goals and progress under the new law. The Board has asked for public input in advance of their final decisions in early 2014.  That’s why the School Success Express Tour is happening now.   After the Board makes its decisions, school districts will craft three-year student achievement plans and supporting budgets that will take effect starting July 1.  However, given the scope of the changes and new requirements for community input, the state encourages school districts to not wait until the spring to engage parents and students in this new process.

Please See the attached FAQ and Flyer for more information.  If you have questions regarding the forum on October 24th, please contact Isai Palma at 209-777-9898.

Valley Onward,
Oct 18, 2013, 2:11 PM
Valley Onward,
Oct 18, 2013, 2:11 PM