Sacramento’s Competing Visions for the LCFF

Changes are coming to California’s complex Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), but the Legislature and the governor are at odds over what changes to implement.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed increasing funding for concentration districts, where high needs learners comprise at least 55% of the student body.

“He would phase in the money over five years, in $1 billion increments, and then add $5 billion annually to the funding formula starting in 2025-26,” EdSource reports. “That would essentially double funding for concentration districts at that point.”

The Legislature wants to give that money to all districts, with allocation based on each district’s percentage of high-needs children.

“The Senate proposal gets more money sooner to all districts serving students who are low income, foster youth, or English language learners — not just those in districts with the highest concentrations of these students,” said Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), who leads the Budget Committee. That plan is supported by several organizations that represent school districts, including the California Association of School Business Officials.

Read more about the dueling proposals at EdSource