The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), enacted on July 1, 2013, is California’s new education finance system. It is expected to increase state education funding by $18 billion over the course of eight years and is intended to direct more resources to high-need students. As former ACLU SoCal Director of Education Advocacy Brooks Allen stated: “Students with greater needs deserve and require additional support. We must level the playing field to ensure that disadvantaged students are given equal opportunity to accomplish their dreams.”
LCFF Guide /en EspañolDownload our guide to the LCFF and learn what students, parents and community members can do to ensure these new funds are spent responsibly. (Updated: 02/05/14)
Under the LCFF, every district must establish a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that delineates how funds will be spent. Download our LCAP guide.
LCAP /en Español
Resources about the steps districts must take to involve parents, students and the community in developing their LCAPs are currently being updated.
LCAP Stakeholder Engagement
Download a list of key questions that you can ask about your district's plans to spend money intended to benefit high-need students.
Questions for Your School District
See additional resources on LCFF.
On July 24, 2013, a broad coalition of education and civil rights organizations including the ACLU of California sent a letter to all county and district superintendents and charter school administrators in the state, urging immediate action to direct additional resources to the state’s neediest students. Coalition members will be monitoring budget actions and continuing to participate in local and state discussions regarding the LCFF and how to improve educational outcomes for all children in California. Read the letter and see EdSource’s story on the coalition letter.
LCFF Implementation Developments
ACLU of California and Public Advocates sent a letter to all county and district superintendents in the state highlighting several critical legal requirements and advising them about resources the ACLU of CA and partners have created to support LCAP development and meaningful stakeholder participation.
ACLU of California and Public Advocates sent a letter to State Board of Education on proposed permanent regulations for LCFF. The coalition sent a separate letter to the State Board of Education on the proposal.
ACLU of California and Public Advocates sent a letter to the State Board of Education on proposed emergency regulations for LCFF. The coalition also sent a letter to the board on the proposal.
A coalition of parent, student, community organizing and statewide advocacy groups sent a letter to State Board of Education.
ACLU California and Public Advocates sent a letter to the California State Board of Education.