General Information for Parents and the Public

At a Glance

A guide to understanding the new school funding system for parents and community members.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a new school funding law. As the name suggests, the LCFF has two key elements:

  1. Local Control - School districts will have more control over their budgets. Districts will need to seek parents' and community members' feedback on how funds will be spent.
  2. Funding Formula - LCFF changes the way the state provides money to school districts.
    • Base Grant - School districts will receive a base amount of money for every student, adjusted by grade level.
    • Supplemental Grant - Supplemental grants are given to school districts to improve or increase services for low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth.
    • Concentration Grant - If a district has more than 55% high-needs students, they will receive additional money through a concentration grant.

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important part of the LCFF. School districts need to create plans that show how their budget will be spent and how they plan to improve student outcomes and success.

Each plan must focus on the following priority areas:

Image of the Eight State Priorities

The PTA created a helpful video for understanding LCFF and the LCAP:

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Want to get involved?

From March through June, school districts will be engaging parents and community members. Communicate with your child's administrators, elected board members, and teachers to ensure that your input is heard. Contact your local school district to find out more information on how you can get involved.