CALIFORNIA’S NEW EDUCATION FUNDING FORMULA: What is it? Who benefits? What does it mean for students? How can I get involved?
In July 2013, California dramatically reformed the way we fund our schools. The new law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), replaces an outdated and unfair education funding system. In this guide, we provide parents and community leaders with the information they need to ensure that LCFF is not just about local control and flexibility, but also—and most importantly—about educational justice.
LCFF Explainer Videos;
District Funding Data Tool;
LCFF One-Page Overview (English, Spanish & Chinese);
LCFF Community PowerPoint Presentation;
Advocacy Letter Campaign Tool.
Statement & Analysis from The Education Trust–West on California’s 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Results
OAKLAND, CA (November 7) -- Performance for California’s eighth grade students in reading and mathematics has improved since 2011, but fourth grade performance remains flat, according to data released today from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The new data mark the tenth year where all states have participated in NAEP.
Scores for every group of students have been slowly improving over the last decade. Of particular note, California’s Latino students have gained 16 points in eighth-grade reading over the past 10 years, with a 7-point gain since the last assessment in 2011.
Unfortunately, California still ranks near the bottom in fourth-grade reading and math for students overall and for low-income and Latino students. In fact, California’s overall national rankings of 46th or 47th in fourth-grade reading and math have not budged since the assessment was last given in 2011.
Even more troubling, stubborn achievement gaps persist. While the gaps between Latino and African-American students and their white peers and the gaps between low-income and higher income students have slightly narrowed over the last decade, there are still yawning divides between these groups of students. For example, in eighth-grade math, only 11 percent of African-American students and 15 percent of Latino students are proficient, while 42 percent of white students are proficient.
Statewide and Grassroots Organizations Across California Launch FairShare4Kids Campaign to Make Sure Funding Benefits High-Need Students in their Schools and Classrooms
OAKLAND, CA (November 5, 2013) – Days before the California State Board of Education begins its review of proposed regulations for how school districts can use billions of dollars in funding for low-income students, English Language Learners and foster youth, organizations from across California are launching the FairShare4Kids Campaign (FairShare4Kids.org). Coalition members including Alliance for a Better Community, Alliance San Diego, Californians for Justice, Community Coalition, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, The Education Trust—West, Families in Schools, Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center, National Center for Youth Law, Reading and Beyond, Students for Education Reform, and United Way Los Angeles are committed to working together to make sure that Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) lives up to its promise and provides additional resources to low-income students, English Learners and foster youth.
National and State Organizations Respond to Elimination of Public Transparency on Student Academic Performance by CA Leaders
OAKLAND, CA (October 29, 2013) – As national and state organizations advocating on behalf of parents, teachers, students and communities, we believe that California’s leaders are violating the rights of parents and educators to receive critical information on the academic progress of more than four million students. Governor Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 484 into law represents a dramatic step backward in public transparency for student academic results. It is also a clear violation of important federal protections for our most vulnerable student populations, including our state’s approximately 1.3 million English Learners and 650,000 students with disabilities. We believe that the Obama administration’s response to AB 484 is an important first step in protecting the rights of students and parents.
As a result of AB 484, parents, students and educators will not receive any objective information on their children’s grade-level performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics for an indeterminate length of time. Parents and teachers of English Learners and students with disabilities will lose vital information necessary to assess English proficiency and progress in the general education curriculum. Teachers will lose critical information on student academic progress in transition grades such as third grade. Furthermore, AB 484 jeopardizes the ability of parents to ensure that their children have access to the fundamental right of a basic education and equitable opportunity to learn guaranteed by the California Constitution.
OAKLAND, CA (September 9, 2013) – The Education Trust-West issued the following statement in response to AB 484 and State Board request for a federal waiver:
“The Education Trust-West strongly opposes the effort to suspend all public transparency on student, school and district performance in math, English language arts and other academic subjects proposed by the California State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla.