GATE Funding Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about changes in the way services for gifted and talented students are funded.
- How has GATE Funding changed?
With the passage of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation and subsequent implementation beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all aspects of the Gifted & Talented Education or GATE funding are now under the control of local governing school boards.
- Has the State of California eliminated GATE funding?
GATE as a categorical funding stream was eliminated with the passage of the LCFF. Local education agencies (LEAs) who were already receiving GATE funding now receive GATE and some other categorical program funds in a single block grant and create a local control and accountability plan (LCAP) to allocate expenditures based on local need. Many LEAs have continued to fund their GATE programs under the LCFF but whether to expand, maintain, or suspend GATE programs is a local decision.
- How has LCFF legislation affected California Education Code (EC)?
In response to LCFF legislation, California Senate Bill 971 (signed into law September 2014) repealed all previous California Education Code (EC) that referred to GATE as a categorical program. The language contained in EC sections 52200-52212 is no longer in effect but Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations has not yet been modified to reflect this change.