The goal of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is to significantly simplify how state funding is provided to local educational agencies (LEAs). Under the new funding system, revenue limits and most state categorical programs were eliminated. LEAs now receive funding based on the demographic profile of the students they serve and gain greater flexibility to use these funds to improve outcomes for students. The LCFF creates funding targets based on these student characteristics. The LCFF funding targets consist of grade span-specific base grants plus supplemental and concentration grants that reflect student demographic factors. Implementation of the LCFF began in 2013-14. The state Department of Finance estimates that achieving full funding levels under the LCFF will take eight years.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important component of the LCFF. Under the LCFF all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities. There are eight state priorities: 1) Student Achievement, 2) Student Engagement, 3) Student Outcomes, 4) School Climate, 5) Parent Involvement, 6) Basic Services, 7) Implementation of Common Core State Standards, and 8) Course Access.
Washington Colony Elementary School District has engaged stakeholders in all aspects of planning and development of the LCAP. On-line LCAP surveys were also made available to elicit broad-based feedback from certificated and classified staff and parent and community members. Stakeholder groups have contributed to the plan. A copy of the 2015/2016 LCAP Summary can be found under “Quick Links.”