OAKLAND, CA (December 16, 2014) – California’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dramatically changed the way the state funds its school districts, directing greater resources to districts serving large numbers of low-income students, English learners, and students in foster care. LCFF also shifted substantially more control to school districts and communities. A new report released today from The Education Trust–West describes California’s first-year implementation of LCFF.
“LCFF offers great promise for all of California’s students, but especially for our state’s highest need students,” said Ryan J. Smith, executive director of The Education Trust–West, a statewide education advocacy organization that works to close gaps in opportunity and achievement for students of color and students in poverty. “A year into this bold reform, now is the time to pause and ask ourselves if we have made decisions that will raise the achievement of our low-income students, English learners, and foster youth.”