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The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

In July 2013, Governor Brown signed into law a new way to distribute money to California school districts. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), it is the most comprehensive reform to California’s school funding system in 40 years. With LCFF, school districts serving high-needs students receive more funds, based on the number and percentages of high-needs students they serve. Supplemental LCFF money will support students who need it most, such as low-income students (as measured by their eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch), children in foster care and students learning the English language.

Although these requirements are new for California, SFUSD has been using a weighted student formula (WSF) for years. With the weighted student formula, money follows each SFUSD student to his/her school, and each school’s School Site Council develops academic strategies, budgets, and staffing plans tailored to their students’ academic needs.

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Alongside the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, districts are now also required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), which are plans for districts to show how they will spend the supplemental funds to support their high-needs students. Parents, students, labor partners, and community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback and help shape SFUSD's LCAP, similar to how we look to the community for input on the budget and on School Site Council planning.

The LCAP Task Force

SFUSD convenes a team of district staff, representatives of student and family advisory groups, bargaining units, and community organizations to work collaboratively as the LCAP Task Force. The task force meets once a month during the school year, with a focus to improve transparency, accountability and communication about SFUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan.

If you have any questions about the LCAP Task Force or the district’s current LCAP, please contact us at

The conversation surrounding our LCAP

All school districts are required to engage their community in the LCAP process. This year our LCAP engagement events are being coordinated with the district-wide budget process, including conversations at school community meetings as part of their work to develop site plans (their Balanced Score Cards).

Our goals are to expand opportunities for families and school communities to be involved in the conversations, increase awareness of state education funding, and build understanding of SFUSD’s equity focus for allocating resources to support our students. We conducted conversations during February and March, and heard from over 300 participants through events at school sites, community forums and focus groups.

Our findings from these conversations will be presented in a public forum on Thursday, April 14. Download the schedule for information on public forums about the LCAP and SFUSD’s overall budget process.

You can read the information presented at these forums and participate in a survey to share your suggestions and priorities related to our LCAP by Friday, April 22.

Archive of documents

2015-16 LCAP conversations

Further resources