California has reformed its system of school financing by introducing the Local Control Funding Formula. The formula, which requires districts to draw up a Local Control and Accountability Plan, grants more decision-making powers to school districts, and also gives additional state funds to districts based on the number of low-income students, English learners, foster children and homeless youth they serve.
The new Legislative Analyst’s Office projection for 2017-18 includes funding from Proposition 55.
State board president, state superintendent say proposed rules on funding for low-income students would intrude on local control and exceed federal authority.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan's third version may not be a charm but it is an improvement.
But the revised LCAP templates may not end up shorter.
Michael Kirst is President of the California State Board of Education and Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University.
Symposium speakers offer variety of opinions about state education reforms.
The advocacy groups that challenged the district want an immediate remedy.
The new system will move away from relying primarily on test scores.
Changes would make the document better organized but not easier to track expenditures.
The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence will spread the word on new metrics and work with pilot districts.
Unclear regulations and inconsistent enforcement undermine oversight of the LCAP process.