By July 1, school districts throughout California will be submitting not only a budget but also their Local Control Accountability Plan to their county offices of education for approval. This is the first time for such a requirement and represents a monumental change in the way California funds and monitors the work of local school districts.
So what's different? This year, California has a totally new school funding system. The Local Control Funding Formula is designed to simplify state funding for local schools and to create a more equitable system that provides targeted investments for high-need students, especially those who are living in poverty, learning English or receiving foster care. Gone are state-mandated categorical programs with complicated reporting systems.