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A New Way of Funding Public Schools

An explanation of California's new Local Control Funding Formula.

The state passed a law in 2013 to create a new way of funding schools called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This replaces the previous multiple funding streams that were very complex. The new funding system simplifies the process by giving school districts and charter schools a base amount, and supplemental and concentration grants for low-income children, English learners, and foster children. The transition to the new funding system will take eight years.

The new funding system shifts the decision making from the state closer to schools and parents, who will help determine which programs work best in their local school districts.

For more detailed information, visit the Local Control Funding Formula Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 8, 2021
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