The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Two years ago the state of California instituted a new funding system for school districts. The new system is called the Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF. As a requirement of the LCFF, school districts must develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year plan called the Local Control and Accountability Plan or LCAP.
Local property tax revenues for Solana Beach School District exceed the allocation we would receive from the state through LCFF. For this reason, Solana Beach will continue to be a community-funded school district (sometimes referred to as “Basic Aid”). However, due to changes under the LCFF, our district will no longer receive state funds for categorical programs (such as programs for English Learners). We will use district funds to replace lost state funds in order to continue supporting those programs.
Even though we are a community-funded school district, we must adhere to the accountability requirements of the LCFF and develop an LCAP. Every school district must have an updated LCAP in place by the end of June each year. The LCAP is intended to ensure school districts provide a high quality instructional program for all students, and to ensure students leave our schools college and career ready. The LCAP is required to address eight priorities outlined by the state: basic services, implementation of Common Core State Standards, course access, student achievement, parental involvement, student engagement, school climate, and other student outcomes.
Our Strategic Plan identifies our district's priorities, goals and actions. We used our Strategic Plan as the framework when developing our LCAP. We have ensured that the two plans share goals and actions, and that those goals address the eight state priorities.
The 2016 LCAP
Our district held a Community Forum on this year's LCAP on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Input from that forum was included in the LCAP. The Board of Education held a Public Hearing to solicit recommendations and comments regarding the LCAP at their meeting on June 9, 2016. The LCAP was approved by the Board of Education at their meeting on June 30, 2016.
To view the 2016 LCAP click HERE.
If you have any questions about the LCAP, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to put LCAP in the subject line).