LCFF and LCAP

IT'S AN EXCITING TIME FOR OUR KIDS AND OUR SCHOOLS!

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There's a new school funding law called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It's a new way for schools to focus on student success.

LCFF requires school districts to involve parents in planning and decision making.

It also:

  • Shifts spending decisions from the state to your local school district.
  • Requires your school district to focus on the eight key areas that help all students succeed.
  • Provides extra funding for students with greater challenges.
  • Gives your district more flexibility for how to spend its money to improve local schools.

LCFF is a huge opportunity for parents to shape the vision for your children's education and make it happen!

Learn more in this "Special LCFF Edition" of PTA in California!


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GET THE FACTS

Get the facts about LCFF and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Click to download and share these great resources with parents, teachers and your school community.

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Presentations
  • Informational PowerPoint Presentation (Detailed Version) [English]
  • Visual PowerPoint Presentation (Short Version) to share at your next PTA or community meeting. [English]
Videos

IN THE NEWS

Informing and educating parents about the new LCFF and LCAP is a top priority for California State PTA. Take a look at the recent media surrounding our efforts on the new LCFF and LCAP.

Now is the time to seize the parent engagement moment

Listen to our recent Radio Disney broadcast with Children Now President Ted Lempert and Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop.

MORE ABOUT THE LCAP

As a critical component of the new LCFF law, every school district must engage parents and the community to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is intended to be a comprehensive planning tool.

Each school district's LCAP must focus on eight priority areas that help all students succeed. These eight priority areas reflect PTA's belief that many factors – both inside and outside the classroom – positively impact student success. Learn more.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT – MAKE IT HAPPEN

To support school districts and parents in the development of family engagement goals and activities as part of their newly required Local Control and Accountability Plans, California State PTA together with National PTA released an updated version of the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide.


Download the complete Assessment Guide.
Download the Summary.
More resources at
http://pta.org/nationalstandards

The PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide is based on extensive research over the past 20 years. It was developed with the guidance and support of prominent education leaders and practitioners in the field of family engagement across the country. It provides specific goals for each of six accepted family engagement standards, as well as indicators for measuring whether those goals are being met.

PTA recommends that every school district's LCAP seek to address each of the standards and that the various indicators be used to facilitate local conversations among parents and educators about how best to build stronger family-school partnerships and measure progress based on the priorities and needs of the community.

LEARN MORE – GET ENGAGED

This a huge opportunity for us as parents to shape the vision for our children's education and make it happen.

Here are a number of great resources to learn more and to get engaged:
  • Your local school district's website – A good place to start to learn more about programs and services at your school. Be sure to also look at the School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) that must be posted for each school.
  • EdSource.org – Offers a guide to the LCFF along with news and information about California K-12 finance system.
More great resources, videos, comprehensive information and tools are available at:

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS: STILL CHRONICALLY UNDERFUNDED

While the new LCFF and LCAP represent a major positive reform, it does not change the fact that California's schools remain chronically underfunded. The 2014 Education Week Quality Counts report ranked California 50th among states in adjusted per-student expenditures. Learn more about school finance.

Download and share information about the need for adequate funding for our schools.