LCFF & LCAP
A set of laws called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) determine way schools are funded in California. The system of school financing requires school districts to tailor their funding decisions to support students who face the biggest obstacles in achieving academic proficiency, graduating, and being college and career ready. The LCFF asks districts to focus on three high-need student subgroups in particular: low income students, foster youth, and English language learners. By July 1 of every year, each school district in California must create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to show how its money is being spent on eight state priorities – one of which is school climate. This means getting involved in your school district’s LCAP development process is one way you can advocate for your school district to fund and implement some of the evidence-based alternatives to suspensions and expulsions discussed on this site.
Research & Resources
Russell W. Rumberger and Daniel J. Losen, The Hidden Cost of California’s Harsh School Discipline (2017)
Children Now, Partnership for Children and Youth, and Fight Crime Invest in Kids, LCAP Guidance on Addressing School Climate & Use of School Climate Surveys in LCAP
California School Funding, compare per pupil spending across California school districts – before and after the implementation of LCFF.
Fair Share 4 Kids, look up the amount of money your school district must spend on high needs students and access other videos explaining LCFF.
Improving School Climate through LCAPs, Fight Crime Invest in Kids (2016) – Analysis of the School Climate Priority in Year 2 Annual Updates of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) for California’s 50 Largest School Districts.
Los Angeles LCAPs Reviewed, Coalition for Educational Equity for Foster Youth (April 2015)
Guidance on Addressing School Climate & Use of School Climate Surveys in LCAP, Children Now, Partnership for Children and Youth, and Fight Crime Invest in Kids.
More resources and information about LCFF are available on the California Department of Education website.