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Learning Communities for School Success Program

This program was established following the passage of Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (SNSA).

California voters passed Proposition 47, the SNSA, in November 2014. Subsequent legislation in 2016, Assembly Bill 1014 (Thurmond) and Senate Bill 527 (Liu) established the Learning Communities for School Success Program.

The SNSA reduced the penalties for certain non-violent, non-serious drug and property crimes. State savings resulting from these changes are to be spent on mental health and drug programs, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students, and crime victims.

Subsequent legislation requires that 25 percent of the monies available through criminal justice system savings are to be allocated to the California Department of Education (CDE) for administration of a grant program to reduce truancy and support pupils who are at risk of dropping out of school or who are victims of crime. Co-joined legislation, AB 1014 and SB 527, established the Learning Communities for School Success Program, which will be funded through the savings in the criminal justice system. The program is chaptered in California Education Code sections 33430–33436.

The CDE will administer the Learning Communities for School Success Program. Fiscal Year 2016-17 is the first year of funding for the program's three-year local educational agency competitive grants. The grants are to be annually awarded using continuously appropriated funds identified by the California Department of Finance as the annual savings resulting from Proposition 47.

Grant Applications

California Learning Communities for School Success Program Request for Applications
The Requests for Applications (RFA) is now available. With the release of the RFA, the schedule for the grant technical assistance webinar, submitting the Intent to Submit an Application, the submission and posting of RFA questions, and the RFA due date is also posted.

Frequently Asked Questions
These Frequently Asked Questions will further help LEAs with the completion of their RFA aimed at supporting evidence-based, non-punitive programs and practices to keep the state’s most vulnerable students in school.

Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) Grant Development Webinar:

The LCSSP grant development Webinar will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration for the Webinar is required.

Topic: Learning Communities for School Success Grant Guidance Webinar
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Event number: 661 170 218
Event password: 135864
Event registration/address for attendees: WebEx Registration

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Legislation

Proposition 47 is the voter-approved initiative which authorized the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act in 2014. The Learning Communities for School Success Program was established by AB 1014 and SB 527, the co-joined legislation which authorizes funding for state grants for the program. Text for Proposition 47, AB 1014, and SB 527 can be accessed at the links below.

Proposition 47 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Passed by California voters in 2014, Proposition 47 also is known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.

AB 1014 External link opens in new window or tab.
This legislation is a co-joined bill that established the Learning Communities for School Success Program.

SB 527 External link opens in new window or tab.
This legislation is a co-joined bill that established the Learning Communities for School Success Program.

Questions: Elvia McGuire | emcguire@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0277 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 27, 2017