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LCFF Timeline

See how LCFF has progressed and what decisions and milestones have been met.

 


110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgNovember 4, 2015 — November 5, 2015
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education releases LCAP evaluation rubric

The State Board will release a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) evaluation rubric for districts’ budget plans to hold them accountable for meeting state priorities and requirements under the Local Control Funding Formula. Read More»

 


July 1, 2015 — July 1, 2016
Best Practices

Strengthen planning and budget processes

School districts should work to continuously improve how the Local Control and Accountability Plan is developed and ensure ongoing multi-year planning and budgeting with the input of parents, community members and stakeholders to achieve the intent of the Local Control Funding Formula and reach improvements in student outcomes. Read More»

 


March 1, 2015 — July 1, 2015
Best Practices

Communicate current status and vision

Districts can use their locally developed Local Control and Accountability Plans to communicate to parents, community members and engaged stakeholders the district’s goals and strategies for improved student outcomes and what progress is being made. Read More»

 


January 1, 2015
Best Practices

Prioritize district investments

School districts should begin working with parents and community members to prioritize new investment strategies for 2015-16 to improve student outcomes. Read More»

 


 

110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgNovember 5, 2014 — November 6, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education Meeting

No LCFF issues are anticipated for this meeting. Check back here later for updates.

 


 

October 8, 2014
School District Implementation

County Offices of Education must approve LCAPs

By October 8, County Offices of Education must approve or disapprove school districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans.

 


 

September 2, 2014 — February 1, 2015
Best Practices

Monitor progress and make adjustments

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a three-year plan that is intended to be updated annually. While the impact of any particular investment approach could take time to yield expected results, it is essential to monitor progress of student achievement and determine if adjustments in funding decisions and investments are needed. Read More»

 


 

September 1, 2014 — October 31, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education adopts permanent fiscal regulations

Sometime in early fall of 2014, the State Board will use feedback on the emergency fiscal regulations to adopt permanent regulations guiding how districts allocate resources for high-needs kids.

 


 

September 1, 2014
Best Practices

Utilize school site planning process to develop budgets

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. Read More»

 


 

July 1, 2014
School District Implementation

Districts submit final budget and LCAP

By July 1, districts must submit their final budget for next year and the district school board must approve its Local Control and Accountability Plan applying to the next three years.

 


 

June 30, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

2014-15 State Budget deadline

No later than June 30, Governor Brown will sign the 2014-2015 California State Budget.

 


 

May 15, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

2014-15 May budget revision deadline

No later than May 15, the Governor will issue a revised California State Budget proposal, which will provide greater clarity on the amount of resources available for school districts as they continue to implement the Local Control Funding Formula. Read More»

 


 

May 1, 2014
School District Implementation

Districts present final LCAP and budget

By early May, districts must present a final Local Control and Accountability Plan and district budget during a public school board meeting.

 


 

April 30, 2014
School District Implementation

Districts prepare draft LCAP with community

By the end of April, districts must prepare a draft Local Control and Accountability Plan with collaboration from the community and submit it to the school district board for review.

 


 

March 17, 2014
Opportunities to get engaged

State Board takes comment on LCFF spending regulations

The State Board of Education holds a hearing to gather public comment on the fiscal regulations that guide district spending requirements for supplemental and concentration funding. Read More»

 


 

March 1, 2014 — March 31, 2014
School District Implementation

Community Meetings

During the month of March, districts will need to hold community meetings to introduce the Local Control Funding Formula with the community and share an outline of the process to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The goal of these meetings should be to identify the goals and metrics that will be included in the districts LCAP by sharing baseline district data.

 


 

March 1, 2014
Best Practices

Align local planning and budget efforts with the LCAP template

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. The LCAP will allow parents, community members and stakeholders to asses and evaluate funding decisions in relations to local goals and student outcomes. Read More»

 


 

February 24, 2014
Opportunities to get engaged

California Endowment launches LCFF resource and idea center

The California Endowment creates an online resource to support parents, students and community members who want to know more about the Local Control Funding Formula and advocate for what is most needed in local schools. Read More»

 


 

February 15, 2014
School District Implementation

School districts must identify stakeholders

By mid-February, districts will need to begin identifying existing stakeholder groups that can be engaged in the process to devolve the districts Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

 


 

February 12, 2014
School District Implementation

Tweet Chat shares ideas to implement LCFF

Children Now hosts a Tweet Chat for participants to share ideas and resources for engaging communities during Local Control Funding Formula implementation. Read More»

 


 

February 7, 2014
Opportunities to get engaged

Children Now Webinar #5: Understanding the new school funding system

This webinar explains how the recently adopted fiscal regulations impact local implementation and provides tips for how community groups, educators and parents can participate in this important process. Read More»

 


 

012214-GovBrown.jpgJanuary 22, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

Governor Brown Delivers State of the State address

Governor Brown delivers his annual State of the State address. Read More»

 


 

110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgJanuary 16, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education adopts fiscal regulations and LCAP template

The State Board adopts emergency fiscal regulations and a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template, giving school districts and communities the guidance and structure they need to implement the Local Control Funding Formula. Read More»

 


 

January 9, 2014
Opportunities to get engaged

Children Now Webinar #4: State policy deliberation & education budget outlook

The fourth Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) webinar explains what the State Board of Education will discuss at its January 2014 Board meeting and describes how districts should begin the local implementation of LCFF. Read More»

 


 

010914-GovBrown.jpgJanuary 9, 2014
Policy Decisions and Process

Governor Brown Proposes 2014-15 Budget

Governor Brown proposes his 2014-15 California State Budget that invests an additional $5.6 billion in education to support Local Control Funding Formula implementation. Read More»

 


 

January 7, 2014
Best Practices

Children Now releases 2014 California Children’s Report Card

The 2014 California Children’s Report Card provides a complete evaluation of the current status of California’s kids to ensure that the state’s leaders make sound policy decisions and keep kids a priority in 2014 and beyond. Read More»

 


 

January 1, 2014
Best Practices

Prioritize district investments

School districts should begin working with parents and community members to prioritize new investment strategies for 2014-15 to improve student outcomes. Read More»

 


 

December 5, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

EdSource releases Parent Poll

EdSource, working with the California Endowment, released its poll of California parents, which found that three quarters of parents support the law and nearly half say they “strongly” support it. Read More»

 


 

112513-schoolexpress.jpgNovember 25, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

School Success Express Tour final report

The California Endowment releases its final report on input gathered during the School Success Express, a 12-stop bus tour that engaged more than 1,600 parents, educators and leaders in communities across the state. Read More»

 


 

November 21, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

LCFF and Early Learning Programs Webinar

Children Now’s webinar on the Local Control Funding Formula and Early Learning and Development (ELD) programs provides tools to learn more about LCFF and explore ways to provide early learning and development programs for kids. Read More»

 


 

110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgNovember 6, 2013 — November 7, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education meeting

The State Board of Education hears feedback from students, parents and educators across the state on the first draft of proposed fiscal regulations that determine how districts must allocate resources for the high-needs students that generate supplemental and concentration funding under the Local Control Funding Formula. Read More»

 


 

November 5, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Children Now launches new LCFF implementation website

Children Now launches a revised online resource – lcff.childrennow.org – to shed light on the details and decisions made as the Local Control Funding Formula is implemented. Read More»

 


 

102913-webinar.jpgOctober 29, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

Children Now Webinar #3: In-depth policy updates on the new school funding formula

Children Now’s third Local Control Funding Formula webinar provides an important update on the State policy process and examines the fiscal regulations that the State Board of Education will examine in its November 2013 Board meeting. Read More»

 


 

October 1, 2013 — February 1, 2014
Best Practices

Craft a vision for student success

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. Read More»

 


 

091213-webinar.jpgSeptember 12, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

Children Now Webinar #2: State policy deliberation and local community engagement

Children Now’s second Local Control Funding Formula webinar examines the State policy deliberations and the important decisions by the State Board of Education that will shape the law’s local implementation process. Read More»

 


 

110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgSeptember 4, 2013 — September 5, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

State Board of Education gathers public feedback

State Board hears initial stakeholder feedback on the Local Control Funding Formula and reviews the important decisions before them that will determine how the law is implemented. Read More»

 


 

August 1, 2013
Best Practices

Create a community engagement strategy

Effective community engagement is a cornerstone of the Local Control Formula. School districts must plan and act now to authentically engage parents and community partners in planning and budgeting processes. Read More»

 


 

080113-webinar.jpgAugust 1, 2013
Opportunities to get engaged

Children Now Webinar #1: Overview and Community Engagement

Children Now’s first Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) webinar provides an in-depth conversation about how LCFF works and how it requires a robust community engagement process in local school districts. Read More»

 


 

July 10, 2013 — July 11, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

State Board of Education Meeting

The State Board of Education discusses the Local Control Funding Formula implementation and how the Board will solicit stakeholder input on the adoption of accountability standards for school districts. Read More»

 


061413-Brown-signs.jpgJune 14, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Legislature passes LCFF

The California State Legislature passes the Local Control Funding Formula in the 2013-14 California State Budget with bipartisan support. Read More»

 


 

010813-school-funding-reform.jpgJune 10, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Diverse group supports LCFF

A diverse coalition of business, education, civil rights, faith-based, community and parent organizations and leaders sign on to a full page support letter in the Sacramento Bee. Read More»

 


 

051413-GovBrown.jpgMay 14, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Governor releases May Revision of LCFF

Governor Jerry Brown releases his May budget revision and an updated Local Control Funding Formula proposal. Read More»

 


 

011013-Govbrown600x413.jpgJanuary 10, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Governor unveils LCFF

Governor Jerry Brown unveils the Local Control Funding Formula as part of his 2013-14 January budget proposal. Read More»

 


 

010413-website.jpgJanuary 4, 2013
Policy Decisions and Process

Children Now launches LCFF website

Children Now launches CAWeightedFormula.com, an online resource with key information about why California’s school funding system must be reformed. Read More»

 


 

110112-DeptofEdSeal.jpgNovember 1, 2012 — November 30, 2012
Policy Decisions and Process

Stakeholder outreach meetings

The State Board of Education and CDE solicit feedback from stakeholders across the state on a weighted formula approach and what made the most sense for California.

 


 

January 5, 2012
Policy Decisions and Process

Original weighted student formula proposal introduced

Governor Jerry Brown introduces a weighted formula approach to school funding in the 2012-13 January budget proposal. It was later removed from the proposal and was not enacted that year.

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