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What is LCFF?


The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) replaces California's nearly half-century-old, state-controlled school finance system with one that promises more local control as well as greater transparency and fairness.

Under the old system, school districts received approximately two-thirds of their revenues as general-purpose funding based on complex historical formulas (known as "revenue limit" funds), and about one-third through nearly four dozen highly regulated "categorical programs," such as for summer school, textbooks, staff development, gifted and talented students, and counselors for middle and high schools.

LCFF.pngUnder the new system, districts will receive a uniform base grant for every district, adjusted by grade level, plus additional funds for students with greater educational needs, defined as low-income, English learner and foster youth students. Districts will get an additional 20 percent of the base grant based on the numbers of these students enrolled in a district, and even more when they make up more than 55 percent of a district's enrollment.

Districts will have broad discretion over how to use the base grants. The funding law says that districts must expand or improve services for high-needs students in proportion to the additional funding that these students bring to the district. Temporary regulations that the State Board of Education passed in January 2014 tell districts how much money they must spend each year on high-needs students and when that money can be used to fund schoolwide and districtwide programs.

The transition to the new formula began in the 2013-14 school year. Full implementation of the new funding formula is projected to take eight years. The vast majority of school districts will receive more funding under the new formula after it is fully implemented. Most districts that would get less than under the old system will receive additional payments restoring their funding to 2007-08 levels, before the Great Recession led to substantial budget cuts. In 2013-14, no district will get less than it received from the state on a per pupil basis in the 2012-13 school year. 

School districts will have more authority than before to decide how to spend their money. But they will also face new obligations to show that their spending improved student performance. Districts must adopt a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), after soliciting suggestions from teachers, parents and the community, and update it annually.

The plan must spell out the district's goals for improving student outcomes according to eight priorities set by the state, and align spending to meet the goals. Districts that fail to meet their goals and improve student outcomes will receive assistance from county offices of education and through a new agency, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Districts that are persistently failing could be subject to state intervention or even a state takeover.

 LCAP Public Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WCSD District Office Board Room @ 6:30 p.m.
The President of the Board shall hold a Public Hearing regarding the LCAP - Local Control and Accountability Plan for the 2017-2020 School Years. Community input will be requested from any interested member of the public who wishes to comment on the information available on the District website under "Public Hearing".  Community input is requested from any interested member from the public who wished to comment on the information located below. 
El Presidente de la Mesa Directiva celebrará una audiencia pública con respecto al plan de control y rendición de cuentas LCAP-local para los años escolares 2018-2021. La contribución de la comunidad será solicitada a cualquier miembro interesado del público que desee comentar sobre la información disponible en el enlace abajo. 

To submit comments regarding the LCAP click on the link below.

Para enviar comentarios sobre el LCAP haga clic en el enlace abajo. 

LCAP Comments Form

WCSD LCAP Meetings
WCSD LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
Meeting Presentation February 7, 2018
WCSD LCAP All Stakeholder Meeting
Meeting Presentation February 28, 2018
WCSD LCAP All Stakeholder Meeting
Meeting Presentation April 25, 2018
WCSD LCAP Community Survey 

Dear Parents,

We need your help! Whittier City School District is dedicated to maximizing student success . We would like your input for additional updates to the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We value your opinion and we hope that you will take a couple of minutes to complete this survey tied to our four LCAP goals. Our goal is to gather input from all of our school communities. Please fill out only one LCAP Survey per family.  Click on the following link for the English survey:


Estimados Padres,

Necesitamos su ayuda! El Distrito Escolar Whittier City se dedica a maximizar el éxito del estudiante. Nos gustaría solicitar su aportación para la actualización del Plan de Responsabilidad control local del Distrito (LCAP). Valoramos su opinión y esperamos que usted se tome el tiempo para completar esta encuesta ligada a nuestras cuatro metas de LCAP. Nuestra meta es colectar información comunitaria de todas las escuelas. Por favor complete solamente una encuesta por familia.  Haga clic en el enlace siguiente para tomar la encuesta: