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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.)

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.

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.

Emergency regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula expenditure of funds and for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on January 16, 2014, and approved by the Office of Administrative Law on February 6, 2014.

Emergency regulations for the expenditure of funds (DOC)
Emergency regulations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template (DOC) Please note: local educational agencies (LEAs) must use the LCAP template provided in the regulations. LEAs may resize pages or attach additional pages as necessary to facilitate the completion of the LCAP.

At the same meeting, the SBE began the process for adopting permanent regulations for the expenditure of funds and for the LCAP template. Please see the Regulations page to review the proposed regulations and view procedures for submitting comments.

Funding

LCFF funding will be distributed via the Principal Apportionment. The system for calculating payments is extraordinarily complex, and the LCFF will add layers of additional complexity during the eight-year phase-in period (after the phase-in period, the calculations will be simpler).

We anticipate being able to complete the system changes required to implement the new formula with the Second Principal Apportionment for 2013–14, which will be released in July 2014. This apportionment will be based on data collected in fall 2013 (enrollment-related data from CALPADS) and spring 2014 (attendance and tax data). Funding amounts provided in the Advance Apportionment (July 2013) and First Principal Apportionment (February 2013) will not be based on the LCFF formula. (For more detail see the Fact Sheet on the implementation of funding changes, the Letter on Advance Apportionment calculations, and the Letter on the 2013–14 First Principal Apportionment.)

Accountability

The State Board of Education (SBE) and California Department of Education (CDE) invite all interested stakeholders to come and share their input and ideas to inform implementation of the LCFF. Sessions are scheduled in locations throughout the state. For dates and locations see the Regional Input Sessions page. For the information provided at the start of the regional sessions please see LCFF overview slides (PPT | PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Changes
Financial Accounting
Auditing
2013–14 Budget Updates

Local Control and Accountability Plans
Unduplicated Pupils and California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
Unduplicated Pupils at Schools with Provision 2 and 3 Status
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
Other

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

Questions:   Local Control Funding Formula | LCFF@cde.ca.gov
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