Funding Formula Brings Teachers to Long Beach

The Local Control Funding Formula that started in 2013 is helping Long Beach Unified School District hire 55 much-needed teachers.

The formula is meant to provide extra funding to school districts with a large number of students who are low-income, English learners, and/or in foster care.

LBUSD was forced to make more than $300 million in cuts from 2008 to 2012 which resulted in laid off teachers, administrators and librarians among others.

After the LCFF took effect in 2013, the district has received $150 million and hired more than 300 employees to recoup some of their loss, said district Superintendent Chris Steinhauser.

“Local Control is the best thing that has ever happened,” Steinhauser said. “We can plan for the future, and we have flexibility in spending the money.”

Next year the district is expecting to receive $107 million and use the monies to hire 10 new advanced placement teachers and 33 elementary school teachers to help reduce class sizes.

Board member Megan Kerr said the Local Control Funding Formula is, “from a social justice perspective, the most equitable thing we can do for students.”


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