In California, implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) began during the 2013–14 school year. The goal of the LCFF is to significantly simplify how state funding is provided to local educational agencies (LEAs). Under the new system LEAs will receive funding based on the demographic profile of the students they serve and gain greater flexibility to use these funds to improve outcomes of students.
The state Department of Finance estimates that achieving full funding levels under the LCFF will take eight years.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important component of the LCFF. Under the LCFF all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities. The governing board of each LEA shall adopt an LCAP on or before July 1 of each fiscal year.