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CA Schools Transition to Historic New Funding System

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013   

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California schools are implementing one of the most comprehensive reforms in 40 years. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) changes the way schools are funded and who gets to make the decisions.

According to Samantha Tran, director of education policy at Children Now, this is an important transition year as the state changes the way it sends out resources to school communities throughout California.

"It really makes the system much more rational and transparent, and allows local communities to have much greater influence in how they invest dollars for the benefit of kids," Tran stated.

LCFF also includes an historic investment to benefit high-needs students, including those in lower-income households, English learners and students in foster care. When fully implemented, this investment will total nearly $10 billion in new funding.

Local school districts must navigate the transition to LCFF this year, even though many key details are still undetermined. The State Board of Education will be making important decisions to provide additional direction and guidelines with its next meeting set for early next month.

"This is actually a really exciting portion of the law because for the first time district, charter and county office leaders in concert with their community are going to have to describe what is it we want to accomplish for kids," Tran said.

Children Now will also soon be producing tool kits and communications for easy use by community leaders and parents throughout the state to understand the formula and get engaged with the new system.

More information on LCFF is available at CAWeightedFormula.com. More on Children Now is at ChildrenNow.org.




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