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Best Practices LCFF

Best Practices for School Districts as They Implement LCFF

As a result of the enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, school districts are required to engage their stakeholders and community within an annual planning and budget adoption process. Local school district budget decisions should be designed to improve student success and must be made with the input of parents and community members. There are many important deadlines, strategies and considerations for school districts within this time frame. Here is an outline of best practices districts and communities can undertake together to successfully implement LCFF:


Create a community engagement strategy (August-September)

Effective community engagement is a cornerstone of the LCFF. School districts should establish a process and infrastructure for engaging parents and community partners within both the implementation of their latest Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) as well the development of their LCAP for the following year.


Utilize school site planning process to develop budgets (September)

For many districts, school site plans are developed after a district’s budget is adopted. To more effectively engage school site stakeholders – parents, community members, students and teachers – this school site planning process could also be used to provide suggestions on funding decisions and help drive the budget planning process before it is adopted.


Craft a vision for student success (October-December)

District leaders, parents, community members and other engaged stakeholders should work together to set a local vision and multi-year strategy for how to achieve student success by identifying preliminary budget priorities.


Prioritize district investments (January – March)

School districts should begin working with parents and community members to prioritize new investment strategies to improve student outcomes.


Align local planning and budget efforts with the LCAP template (March-April)

By this time school districts should be working to align local visions, strategies and funding decisions with the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)template which will guide the district’s budget planning process and outline how decisions meet specific state priorities. LCAPs must be adopted every July. The LCAP will allow parents, community members and stakeholders to asses and evaluate funding decisions in relations to local goals and student outcomes.


Communicate current status and vision (April-June)

Districts should use their LCAP development process to meaningfully engage, and communicate with parents, community members and stakeholders in setting the district’s goals and identifying strategies to improve student outcomes.


School districts adopt their LCAP (by July 1)

School districts must adopt their LCAP that will guide the district’s budget planning and outline how that district will meet specific state priorities.

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