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In 2013, California lawmakers transformed the way schools are funded by passing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under LCFF, school districts receive more state funding to benefit high-needs students, those in low-income households, English learners, and foster youth. The law grants school districts more flexibility and local control to make spending decisions that meet the needs of their students, and requires each school district develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that outlines goals and strategies to improve services and outcomes for high-need students. The law also requires that students, parents and community members be engaged in developing funding goals and priorities.
At a statewide level, CDF-CA works with other advocacy and community organizations to ensure sound implementation of LCFF that is consistent with the promise of equity for all students. At a local level, CDF-CA works with students, parents, community organizers, lawyers, advocates, and other stakeholders to monitor implementation of LCFF by the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified School Districts. We help build the capacity of students, parents and community stakeholders to participate in the LCAP process, and make funding recommendations in the area of school climate.