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Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)


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Project Leaders

Donna Caperton

Assistant Superintendent

Vista Unified School District

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Vista Unified School District  

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district transitions into using the Local Control Funding Formula and develops the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). In addition to this webpage, the district will continue to provide opportunities for feedback through town hall style meetings, district staff updates, parent advisory committee updates, and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) updates. Please refer to the calendar below to review the various opportunities for parents, community members, and staff to become involved in the development of the LCAP. The district will also utilize the automated telephone system (Blackboard Connect Ed) to send out periodic updates on the LCFF and LCAP to all parents and staff. Parents, students, and staff members may also submit feedback or ask questions at any time by using the stakeholder feedback form at the bottom of this webpage. 

LCFF Stakeholder Feedback and Question Form

Important Note: This feedback forum has closed. The Blueprint was adopted by the School Board on June 26, 2014. Please visit the Blueprint webpage for more details. 


Vista Unified is committed to actively engaging all stakeholders in on-going dialogue about implementing the Local Control Funding Formula. We will be starting the annual review and revision of the Blueprint in late fall 2014. In addition to a variety of meetings and forums, we will be using a simple feedback form. The previous years questions have been compiled a Q & A document that is posted to this website. 

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Link

Click HERE to access the LCAP webpage to learn more.

Superintendent's Local Control Funding Formula Advisory Committee

Committee Purpose:

The Committee is a Citizen Advisory Committee pursuant to District Board Policy / Administrative Regulation 1220. The general purpose of this Committee is to advise the Superintendent on its recommendations for the alignment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) with the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). All Committee recommendations will be submitted to the Superintendent, which shall not be binding on the Superintendent.


Click HERE to view the committee guidelines. 


Meetings Dates:

February 18, 2014

March 10, 2014

May 20, 2014

Location: School Board Room

Time: 4:15-6:15 p.m. 


Agendas and Notes

Click HERE to view the agenda notes for the February 18, 2014 meeting. 

Click HERE to view the agenda notes for the March 10, 2014 meeting. 

Click HERE to view the agenda notes for the April 10, 2014 meeting. 

​Click HERE to view the agenda notes for the May 20, 2014 meeting. 

Informational Handouts

(click on the items below to view)

Meeting #1 - February 18, 2014

Meeting #2 - March 10, 2014

Meeting #3 - April 10, 2014

Meeting #4 - May 20, 2014

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the result of the passage of Assembly Bill 97 (Chapter 47) signed into law by Governor Brown in July 1, 2013.funding.jpg The LCFF redefines the process for distributing funding to all public and charter schools in California. In the words of Governor Brown, the intent of the new LCFF is to bring "government closer to the people, to the classroom where real decisions are made and directing the money where the need and the challenge is greatest." School districts will now have greater flexibility over how to use education funding to address academic priorities, and focus support in areas that are unique to the needs of the students within the district. The "Local Control" aspect of Assembly Bill 97 means that school leaders, staff, parents, and students will no longer be hamstrung by the complexities categorical program funding restrictions and requirements. In fact, three quarters of all categorical programs have been eliminated; the funding folded into the LCFF. 

Restoring Funding

The Local Control Funding Formula is essentially a  school funding restoration model that phases-in over eight years beginning in 2013-14 and culminating in 2020-21 (based on state budget projections). The model was designed to address the significant loss in revenue schools have suffered due to years of budget cuts to education as a result of the economic recession starting in 2007-08. LCFF also includes additional funding for high-needs student populations in three categories: low-income, English learners, and foster youth. 

How LCFF Works

School districts and charter schools in California will receive a base grant allocation for each student in attendance. Funding for each student is determined by their grade span. For example, when funding is fully restored, districts will receive $7,675 for students in Kindergarten through third grade, $7,056 for students in fourth through sixth grades, $7,266 for students in seventh through eigth grades, and $8,638 for students in 

ninth through twelfth grades.  In addition to the base grant funding, school districts and charter schools will receive a 20 percent supplemental grant for high-needs student populations (low-income, English learners,ScaleMoneySchool_2_jpg_800x1000_q100.jpg and foster youth). This grant allocation will be non-duplicated, meaning that if a student falls into more than one of the three categories, the supplemental grant will not exceed 20 percent of the base grant for each individual student. In addition to the base grant and supplemental grant, the LCFF also recognizes that some school districts are faced with large high-needs student populations. In order to address this challenge, the LCFF provides an additional concentration grant of 50 percent of the base grant for all high needs students exceeding 55 percent of the total student enrollment for schools districts and charter schools.

In summary, the LCFF provides a gradual increase in base grant funding over the course of eight years in order to return education funding to the pre-recession level distributed to districts and charter schools in 2007-08. LCFF provides supplemental funding for high needs populations and additional concentration funding for school districts and charter schools who have high needs populations in excess of 55 percent of the total student enrollment.   

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

All school districts and charter schools are required to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the purpose of defining, specifically, how the district or charter school will spend money allocated through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). For more information, click HERE to visit the LCAP webpage. 


State Board OF Education Passes LCFF & LCAP Permanent Regulations

The California State Board of Education passed the permanent regulations for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) template on November 14, 2014. Click HERE to read more. 

Click HERE to view the video overview. 

Click HERE to read the State Board of Education Agenda for November 14, 2014

Click Here to read the LCFF Permanent regulations and LCAP template. Español 

LCFF Rubric Design Overview

The California State Board of Education is in the initial phase of developing the evaluation rubric for the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plan. Click HERE for more information. 

Vista's LCFF Funding Snapshot Report for 2013-14

The California Department of Education (CDE) has started providing information regarding the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  Click HERE to view the Vista Unified School District LCFF Funding Snapshot Report based on 2013-14 student demographic data. 
Due to a wonderful collaboration between parents, Child Nutritional Services, and Information Technology, the District increased the supplemental and concentration funding from CDE from 61% to 64.65%. This means more funding for resources and programs for students. 

Parent Guide to School Funding

The Families in Schools project is focused on building partnerships for student success. Their Mission is to involve parents and communities in their children's education to achieve lifelong success. Click HERE to check out their Parent Guide for School Funding. 

Vista Unified Budget Analysis

A key component of the development of the Blueprint and the Local Control Accountability Plan is to complete an analysis of the funding available for high needs populations (low-income, English learner, and foster youth). Click HERE to view a detailed analysis of funding available to provide improved or more services for high needs populations. 

ACLU Guide for Local Control Funding

Click HERE to check out the new LCFF guide developed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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LCFF Presentation by School Services of California

Click HERE to view the Local Control Funding Formula custom presentation for Vista Unified School District presented by Ron Bennett from School Services of California. You will find details about how the new funding model is projected to impact Vista Unified over the next eight years. 

LCFF Temporary Regulations

Click HERE to view the Local Control Funding Formula temporary regulations passed by the State Board of Education on January 14, 2014. 


Learn More About LCFF

The California State Board of Education has partnered with WestEd to develop a website dedicated to providing detailed information about the Local Control Funding Formula. This website has excellent resources including documents, audio files and video links. Click HERE to visit the LCFF website. 

LCFF Channel

WestEd is a nonprofit, public research and development agency that has partnered with the California State Board of Education to provide technical support to ensure a smooth transition into the Local Control Funding Formula. A valuable component of WestEd's support is the creation of the LCFF Channel. The LCFF Channel provides short (3 to 4 minute) video episodes that highlight different aspects of the LCFF. Click HERE to access the LCFF Channel. 

California Department of Education

The California Department of Education has developed a resource document that provides detailed information about LCFF. Click HERE to read the LCFF Overview. 

Legislative Analyst 's Office LCFF Update - December 2013

The Legislative Analyst is a nonpartisan office that provides fiscal and policy information and advice to the Legislature. Click HERE to access a detailed analysis of the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan published by the Legislative Analyst's Office. 

EdSource Publication

EdSource is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to highlighting strategies for student success. EdSource published an excellent article that highlights the new Local Control Funding Formula. Click HERE to access this article. 

California Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The California Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has published a great resource outlining the LCFF. Click to access this valuable resource in English or Spanish

Spending for High Needs Student Populations

The fairshare4kids website has recently published recommended spending targets for high needs student populations in Vista Unified. Click HERE to view the website. 


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