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Local Control Funding Formula

California's new school funding formula, enacted in 2013. Actual funding allocations, when available, will be available via the Principal Apportionment page.

LCFF Overview

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Overview provides information about LCFF funding and accountability provisions. Additional information on LCFF implementation is contained in a letter issued jointly on August 7, 2013, by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

WestEd's LCFF implementation page External link opens in new window or tab. includes links to videos to help local implementation of the LCFF as well as other materials.

If you would like to receive updates regarding the LCFF via e-mail notification, subscribe to the LCFF listserv by sending a "blank" message to join-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov. (To unsubscribe, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov.)

Funding

The LCFF is the largest change to California’s school finance model in almost 40 years with a planned eight-year transition period, beginning in 2013-14. Until the LCFF is fully funded, local educational agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools, will receive an LCFF Transition Entitlement. The Transition Entitlement is based on an LEA’s 2012-13 funding level, adjusted for changes in student population, and the amount of funding the LEA would receive under the LCFF model at full implementation.

LCFF Funding Resources:

Accountability

The State Board of Education (SBE) and California Department of Education (CDE) invited interested stakeholders to share their input and ideas to inform implementation of the LCFF. Sessions were scheduled in locations throughout the state during August 2013. For the information provided at the start of the regional sessions please see LCFF overview slides (PDF).

Evaluation Rubrics

WestEd convened an Evaluation Rubric Design Group (ERDG) in August 2014 to begin the process of developing evaluation rubrics to recommend to the SBE for adoption in accordance with the October 1, 2015, timeline.  ERDG participants include educational leaders from school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools; CDE staff with responsibility for monitoring COEs; and SBE representatives. WestEd also organized a series of regionally based input sessions in September 2014 to provide district, county, charter, and school leaders; teachers; students; parents; and community members with an opportunity to offer local insights to the evaluation rubric development process.  Policy and advocacy groups were invited to voice their ideas at a meeting conducted in October 2014.  Draft recommendations will be presented to the SBE in Spring 2015, with follow-up meetings to be scheduled as needed.

Review of COE LCAPs

For an overview of the County Office of Education (COE) Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) review process, see The Review of County Office of Education LCAPs by the CDE (PDF).

County Office of Education and School District LCAPs

California Education Code Section 52065 requires that the Superintendent post links to all local control and accountability plans approved by the governing boards of school districts and county boards of education on the Internet Web site of the Department. CDE is working with county offices of education and school districts to obtain links to their 2014-15 LCAPs. We will continue to update this list as we receive information.

2014-15 County Office of Education and School District LCAPs (XLS; Posted 07-Nov-2014)

LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures

The LCFF and UCP Letter provides information about the LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures.

Legislation and Regulations

The LCFF legislation and a set of revisions were signed by the Governor on July 1, 2013. Additional cleanup legislation was signed on September 26, 2013 and June 20, 2014.

LCFF legislation, Chapter 47, Statutes of 2013 (AB 97) External link opens in new window or tab.
LCFF revisions, Chapter 49, Statutes of 2013 (SB 91) External link opens in new window or tab.
LCFF revisions, Chapter 357, Statutes of 2013 (SB 97) External link opens in new window or tab.
LCFF revisions, Chapter 33, Statutes of 2014 (SB 859) External link opens in new window or tab.

The State Board of Education has adopted regulations for the implementation of various components of the LCFF.

LCFF Expenditure of Funds (Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 14.5)
LCFF Expenditure of Funds, Local Control and Accountability Plan template (Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 14.5)
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LCFF K-3 Grade Span Adjustment (Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 14.6)

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Changes
Financial Accounting
2013–14 Budget Updates

Local Control and Accountability Plans
Unduplicated Pupils and California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
Free and Reduced-Price Meal (FRPM) Income Eligibility Under the LCFF
Unduplicated Pupils at Schools with Provision 2 and 3 or Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Status
English Learners Under the LCFF
Foster Youth Under the LCFF
Auditing
Categorical Programs
Necessary Small Schools
Home-to-School Transportation
Regional Occupational Centers/Programs and Adult Education
Economic Impact Aid
Parent and Community Engagement
County Office of Education Schools and Alternative Education
Charter Schools
K–3 Grade Span Adjustment
California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
Other

More frequently asked questions will be added as they become available.

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Questions:   Fiscal | PASE@cde.ca.gov
Other questions | LCFF@cde.ca.gov
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