Speak Up about How the Local Control Funding Formula Gets Implemented

Regional Meetings Held This & Next Week 

In June, California passed historic reforms to our school financing system. In the coming months, the State Board of Education (SBE) and California Department of Education (CDE) will be formulating how the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will be implemented at the district level. Community and stakeholder engagement is critical to this process.
 
Speak up at regional meetings about the positive impact of the arts on students, especially high needs students. The SBE and CDE are holding a series of regional meetings to gather stakeholder input and ideas to inform implementation of LCFF. Sessions begin at 9:30 AM and end at or before noon at each location.
 
Next steps: In addition to regional hearings, the public will also have the ability to provide input through submission of letters and comments.  Additional hearings may also be scheduled, depending on the level of input received.  The California Alliance will be monitoring this process and identifying opportunities for advoacy. We will be working closely with members of our Local Advoacy Network to develop tools to support advocates in local districts. 
 
According to the official CAWeightedFormula website: "Over the next several months, the SBE board will be developing spending regulations to ensure that new resources are spent as intended while also allowing maximum flexibility for local spending decisions and ensuring fiscal transparency. The Board will also approve a template for the Local Control Accountability Plan that will be used by all county offices of education, school districts and charter schools. The spending regulations must be adopted by January 2014 and will require districts to increase or improve services for the high need students who generate new funding for that district in addition to defining the district wide and school wide efforts that can be undertaken to achieve these goals.  The Local Control Accountability Plan template, which must be adopted by March 2014, will be used by all school districts to outline strategies and actions to address specific education priorities.  
 
Coupled with the implementation of Common Core content standards, we are on the verge of fundamentally changing the dynamic of California’s education system. After four years of funding cuts, districts now have the ability to make decisions that help to restore, make improvements and set a foundation for a more responsive and outcome driven educational program at the local level. Several policy decisions must still be made to determine important parameters and guidelines to help local school districts fully and effectively implement LCFF.