LCAP & LCFF
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)The Local Control Funding Formula is a major change to how California has supported local educational agencies. Through the local control funding formula the state is providing new decision making power to local educational agencies to act based on the needs they see for students. In addition, this shifts California from treating funding as an input to support students to a resource that is linked to performance expectations.Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Complementing the changes to state funding made by the Local Control Funding Formula is a newly required Local Control Accountability Plan. The LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that LEAs are expected to share performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes.The LCAP is a 3 year plan, that begins with stakeholder engagement that identifies needs for all students, using data and measurable student outcomes, as aligned with the state’s priorities, that includes specific actions and services supported with district resources, with special emphasis on students of need.
Executive Order N-56-20 (1)
Given the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact California’s response has had on a local educational agency’s (LEA’s) ability to meaningfully engage with stakeholders, Executive Order N-56-20 was established on April 22, 2020.
Extends the deadlines for the 2020–21 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
◦ Submission deadline – December 15, 2020
◦ Approval deadline – January 14, 2021
◦ Charter schools: Extends the LCAP submission reporting requirements to align with the first interim budget report to its authorizer and county superintendent of schools, as specified in California Education Code Section 47604.33(a)(3), to December 15, 2020
Aligns the submission and approval deadlines of the 2020–21 Budget Overview for Parents with the new submission deadline for the LCAP.
Delays implementation of the three-year LCAP template adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) at its January 2020 meeting until the 2021–22 through 2023–24 school years.
Waives certain LCAP related budgetary requirements, including the following:
- Adopting an LCAP prior to adopting the 2020–21 budget
- Including LCAP expenditures necessary to implement actions in an LCAP in the 2020–21 budget
COVID-19 Operations Update
To the extent practicable, development of the Operations Written Report should be consistent with the stakeholder engagement process used to develop the LEA’s annual budget.
The Operations Written Report shall be adopted and approved by the local governing board or body with the LEA's budget due July 1, 2020.
The Operations Written Report is submitted to the county superintendent of schools or the Superintendent of Public Instruction, as applicable, with the LEA’s budget, but does not require approval from these entities.