Understanding the Budget and LCAP
Creating the Budget
Each year, the superintendent seeks feedback from schools, district departments, unions, and the community. This input is used to develop a budget proposal based on the amount of funding SFUSD can expect from the state and other sources. Our Board of Education reviews the proposal, and ultimately decides whether or not to approve or amend it. With ongoing and expanding use of evaluation data, SFUSD continually reassesses its efforts and allocation of resources to foster students’ academic success.
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.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
All California school districts are required to adopt a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), to describe how they will spend LCFF funding, including supplemental funds from the state to support their focal student populations. Families, students, labor partners, and community members have the opportunity to provide feedback and help shape SFUSD's LCAP, similar to how we look to the community for input on district and individual school site budgets.
How is the community involved in the LCAP process?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tinyurl.com/sf-lcap
The conversation surrounding our LCAP
All school districts are required to engage their community in the LCAP process. Our LCAP engagement events are coordinated with the districtwide budget process, including conversations at school community meetings as part of the process to develop their site plans (their Balanced Score Card or School Plan for Student Achievement).
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 an understanding of SFUSD’s equity focus for allocating resources to support the success of each and every student.