Amid Transparency Concerns, Tony Thurmond Announces LCFF Workgroup

There is widespread agreement that California’s Local Control Funding Formula must be subject to greater transparency and accountability. Last week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a new workforce dedicated to achieving that end.

From a CDE press release

The workgroup, which met once in late 2019 and will meet again next week, consists of educational partners from organizations such as the California Association of School Business Officials, Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, School Services of California, California State Parent Teacher Association, Association of California School Administrators, Public Policy Institute of California, Education Trust West, California School Boards Association, members of the California State Legislature, and school district and county office superintendents. The purpose of the workgroup is to gain insight from key stakeholders on ways to improve the process and to ensure that it is truly serving the students it was intended to provide additional support to by showing improvements in student outcomes in those specific student groups.

A recent state audit of three large school districts found a lack of transparency when it comes to the use of LCFF funds. Much of it was due to an absence of state oversight. The auditor’s office recommended that California increase transparency and accountability measures to ensure LCFF funds are being spent on intended groups.