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.
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
Fixing School Discipline with California’s Local Control Funding Formula