The intent of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is to give districts more flexibility with their state funding but at the same time to create a new school finance system that recognizes that students with specific demographic factors need greater support to address their academic needs and improve educational outcomes: English Learners, low income students and foster youth. As Governor Brown stated in January 2013, “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice”. LCFF recognized that English Learners have additional academic needs requiring additional resources to “improve or increase services”. LCFF was designed as a step towards a more equitable school finance system.
To provide guidance for LEAs in designing, funding and implementing programs for English Learners using LCFF appropriations, Californians Together, The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Californian Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) developed a set of rubrics that address 10 focus areas with high impact on English Learners. [Read more…] about Does Your Local Control Accountability Plan Deliver on the Promise of Improved or Increased Services for English Learners?