Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
As of July 1, 2013 there has been a revolutionary change in the way the state of California allocates funding to school districts, charter schools and county offices. A new funding methodology, the Local Control Funding Formula (or LCFF), was adopted. The LCFF is intended to correct historical inequities and increase flexibility by strategically directing projected growth in education funds to students with the greatest need in order to close the achievement gap.
The LCFF creates base, supplemental, and concentration grants instead of most previously existing K-12 funding streams, eliminating funding based on Revenue limit and most Categorical programs.
This change will result in more flexibility for school leaders, with the assistance from parents and other local stakeholders to determine local academic priorities and how the state funding will be used to improve student achievement. The LCFF provides additional funding for targeted disadvantaged students, English language learners, and Foster youth. Districts with targeted student populations will receive a supplemental grant funding of 20% of the base grant. Districts exceeding 55% of students in this targeted group will also receive a concentration grant.
Full implementation of the LCFF is slated to take eight years with funding allocations each year contributing towards the targets set to be reached in 2020-21.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
The Sierra Sands Unified School District values the input of parents and community members as it prepares to develop its Local Control Accountability Plan, required by the California Department of Education, for the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula. Please take our survey located to the left of this page. Results of the survey will be available to view on the confirmation page after submitting your survey.
As part of the LCFF school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). For 2014-15 the plan must be adopted by June 30, 2014. The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions geared toward implementing those goals, and must measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators based on eight priorities set by the State. The priorities must be aligned to the district’s spending plan. The LCAP must be approved before the annual district budget can be adopted. Once the budget and LCAP are adopted at the local level the plan will be reviewed by the County superintendent and ensure alignment of projected spending toward goals and services.
A requirement in the development of the LCAP is to solicit input from parents, teachers, students, local bargaining units, staff and other community members in regard to what they think which goals would be most effective for implementation in our schools toward reaching state priorities. Toward this end the district has compiled a survey. We invite you to please complete this survey as an important part of our needs assessment process. Once all results of the survey are gathered and consolidated results will be published on our district website.