Julia E. Koppich, J. Koppich & Associates
Daniel C. Humphrey, SRI International
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represents the first significant change in 40 years to the way California funds education. LCFF gives school districts greatly expanded flexibility to allocate dollars in ways they believe make the most educational sense for their students. The new funding formula requires districts to engage parents, community members, and other stakeholders in discussion and deliberation about district services, programs, and priorities.
This seminar explores the results of a study of early implementation of LCFF. The study was based on visits to seven California school districts and their county offices of education between August 15 and September 15, 2014. Interviews with district and county officials, supplemented by conversations with dozens more education officials and key Sacramento policymakers, paint an emerging picture of LCFF’s dynamic potential.