Local Control Funding Formula
For school districts
and charter schools, the Local Control Funding Formula "LCFF" creates base, supplemental, and
concentration grants in place of most previously existing K–12 funding
streams, including revenue limits and most state categorical programs.
For county offices of education (COEs), the LCFF creates separate
funding streams for oversight activities and instructional programs.
The 2013–14 Budget Act provides $2.1 billion for school districts
and charter schools and $32 million for COEs to support the first-year
implementation of the LCFF. Until full implementation, however, local
educational agencies (LEAs) will receive roughly the same amount of
funding they received in 2012–13 plus an additional amount each year to
bridge the gap between current funding levels and the new LCFF target
levels. The budget projects the time frame for full implementation of
the LCFF to be eight years.
The LCFF includes the following components for school districts and charter schools:
- Provides a base grant for each LEA equivalent to $7,643 per
average daily attendance (ADA). The actual base grants would vary based
on grade span.
- Provides an adjustment of 10.4 percent on the base grant amount
for kindergarten through grade three (K–3). As a condition of receiving
these funds, the LEA shall progress toward an average class enrollment
of no more than 24 pupils in kindergarten through grade three, unless
the LEA has collectively bargained an annual alternative average class
enrollment in those grades for each school site.
- Provides an adjustment of 2.6 percent on the base grant amount for grades nine through twelve.
- Provides a supplemental grant equal to 20 percent of the adjusted
base grant for targeted disadvantaged students. Targeted students are
those classified as English learners (EL), eligible to receive a free
or reduced-price meal (FRPM), foster youth, or any combination of these
factors (unduplicated count).
- Provides a concentration grant equal to 50 percent of the
adjusted base grant for targeted students exceeding 55 percent of an
- Provides for additional funding based on an “economic recovery
target” to ensure that virtually all districts are at least restored to
their 2007–08 state funding levels (adjusted for inflation) and also
guarantees a minimum amount of state aid to LEAs.