Local Control Funding Formula Enacted as a trailer bill to the 2013-14 Budget Act (Assembly Bill 97) Major restructuring of school finance formula Makes fundamental changes to how Prop 98 funds are allocated
LCFF Per Pupil Funding Under LCFF Concentration Grant 50% of Base Grant Supplemental Grant 20% of Base Grant For each at-risk student Base Grant Grades K-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7&8 Grades 9-12 Actual funding will depend on district’s prior revenue levels along with other factors. Concentration Grant Districts/counties with over 55% of at-risk students receive additional per student concentration grant Supplemental Grant for at-risk students Low Income English Learners Foster Youth Base Grant based on grade level Target equal base grants per pupil adjusted for four grade spans will be the same for all students at all school districts and charter schools
What is changing? BEFORE LCFF: Amount of money each district received per student was called “ Revenue Limit” Much of the money given to school districts was restricted to particular programs, called categorical programs AFTER LCFF: Per student funding is now called the LCFF base grant – with a different amount depending on student grade level Most of the money is now NOT restricted to a particular use. More money called Supplemental Grants goes to help high needs students: English Language Learners, low income students and foster children. Even more money called Concentration grants goes to school districts with 55%+ of these students
More Changes BEFORE LCFF: State categorical programs Special Education After-school School lunches QEIA Transportation TIIG AFTER LCFF: These Programs Remain Required accountability plans must show how funds are used by districts to improve performance Accountability and performance process separate from funding
Economic Recovery Target (ERT) *ERT – Economic Recovery Target means no district will receive less money than under the old system. Most will receive more.
Local Control and Accountability Plan The Basics
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). describes the overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions districts will take to achieve the vision and goals. must address the needs of all students must link the district plan with the district budget Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish plans.
ALL Districts are required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) By July 1 each year districts must adopt their plans which will be linked to their budget Must use SBE-adopted LCAP template Must solicit input from stakeholders LCAP adopted every three years and updated annually Districts must set goals in eight state priority areas for the district and all school sites
Parental Involvement Districts must establish parent advisory committees to provide advice to the district regarding the LCAP Districts where 15% of the students are EL must establish an English learner advisory committee that must review and provide comment on the LCAP Districts can utilize existing committees
LCFF: Aligns with our values - Student Achievement: Performance on the standardized tests, score on API, % of students that are college and career ready, % of EL students that become English proficient and reclassification rate, % of students that pass AP exams. - Student Engagement: School attendance rates, chronic absenteeism rates, middle school dropout rates, high school drop out rates, high school graduation rates. - Other Student Outcomes: Student performance in other exams and other indicators. - School Climate: Student suspension rates, student expulsion rates; other local measures. - Parent Involvement: Efforts to seek parent input, promotion of parental participation. - Basic Services: Rate of teacher misassignment, student access to standards- aligned instructional materials, facilities in good repair. - Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS): Implementation of CCSS for all students, including EL. - Course Access: Student access and enrollment in a full curriculum. 8 AREAS OF STATE PRIORITY THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED IN LCAPS - Supporting the needs of vulnerable children - Access to a full curriculum for every child that includes physical education, arts and STEM - Highly effective educators in every classroom - Standards, assessments and accountability that best serve every child's needs - Safety and positive school climate - Early childhood education - Healthy lifestyles and access to support services for physical, emotional, social and mental health CALIFORNIA STATE PTA ADVOCACY GOALS
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) – Three Categories for Planning Purposes GET FAMILIAR WITH THE LCAP’s 8 STATE PRIORITES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
CONDITIONS OF LEARNING BASIC SERVICES IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STANDARDS COURSE ACCESS FOCUS PLANNING ON ASSESSING TO WHAT EXTENT: o TEACHERS ARE QUALIFIED AND APPROPRIATELY ASSIGNED o SCHOOL FACILITIES ARE IN GOOD REPAIR o STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO STANDARDS-ALIGNED MATERIALS AND ARE RECEIVING INSTRUCTION THAT IS ALIGNED WITH STATE- ADOPTED CONTENT AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS o STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN A BROAD COURSE OF STUDY
STUDENT OUTCOMES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OTHER STUDENT OUTCOMES PLANNING WOULD FOCUS ON ASSESSING: o PERFORMANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS o PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO ARE COLLEGE AND CAREER READY o ENGLISH LEARNER CLASSIFICATION RATE o PASS RATE ON ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS o STUDENT OUTCOMES IN ALL CORE CURRICULUM AREAS
ENGAGEMENT STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PARENT INVOLVEMENT SCHOOL CLIMATE FOCUS PLANNING ON MEASURING: o SCHOOL ATTENDANCE RATES INCLUDING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM o DROPOUT AND GRADUATION RATES o SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION RATES o PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN DECISION MAKING AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH YOU PROMOTE THE PARTICIPATION OF PARENTS o THE DEGREE TO WHICH STUDENTS FEEL SAFE AND CONNECTED TO SCHOOL
Opportunity to Leverage our PTA Advocacy goals Supporting the needs of vulnerable children Access to a full curriculum for every child that includes physical education, arts and STEM Highly effective educators in every classroom Standards, assessments and accountability that best serve every child’s needs Safety and positive school climate Early childhood education Healthy lifestyles and access to support services for physical, emotional, social and mental health
LCFF & LCAP are huge opportunities for us as parents to shape the vision for our children’s education and make it happen.
Where we are now? Source: EdSource Survey of California Public School Parents November 2013
What can you do now? Find out what your school district is doing to engage you and all parents. Share your ideas directly with administrators and school board members. Attend a meeting or volunteer to serve on a committee. Talk with your children’s teachers and principal about the new law.
What can you do now? Talk with other parents and connect with your local PTA Download information from your school district’s website or www.capta.orgwww.capta.org Learn more about the eight key areas of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and how they can help your child succeed.
Questions to ask: What is the timetable for creating the LCAP and the Budget? How will you involve parents and community members? Are parents receiving information in the languages spoken in the home? Has the parent advisory committee been selected? When and where will the committee meetings be held? Do we have an ELAC or DLAC committee? When will they be giving input into the plan?
Additional questions to ask: How will the plan be shared with parents & community members? When and where will the public hearing be held? How and when will you be responding in writing to input as required by law? At which school board meeting will the LCAP be adopted? How will you be publicizing the meeting and will you allow adequate time for community input? How are you planning for next steps? Annual review process?
Speaking up for every child… Continue to have conversations. Bring others to ask the same questions – there is power in numbers. Focus on what you are trying to accomplish and not on the exact way you think it should be done. Is there an alternate solution? Is there a compromise? Start at the beginning and persist. Did you talk to the principal? SSC president/members? Teachers at the school site? District Administrator? Superintendent? School Board? What happens when you participate in the process but don’t get any traction? When you don’t feel the parent voice is being heard?
Remember this is not a sprint but a marathon: LCFF is the new way schools receive funds Plan to get involved and stay involved.