What is the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?

The Local Control Funding Formula is a new law passed in California in 2013, which took effect on July 1. The law changes the method of distribution of funding from the state to local school districts. It gives more money to schools with large numbers of underserved students. Districts will decide how to use their allocated funds and are required to seek input from parents and community members on how the funds should be used.

What is the Local Control Accountability Plan?

In order to access the funds from the State of California, districts must develop a plan on their allocations. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the report that school districts will submit to the state outlining their budget strategies and allocations.

Has the state established any priorities on how to use the funds?

Yes. The state has established eight priorities that districts should address in improving student achievement. The eight priorities that must be addressed are:

  • Student Achievement
  • Other Student Outcomes
  • Student Engagement
  • Parent Involvement


  • Course Access
  • Implementation of Common Core Standards
  • Basic Services
  • School Climate


How is parent engagement addressed in LCFF?

LCFF addresses parent engagement in two key ways: A) soliciting input in the development of the school district’s plan (LCAP); and B) improving school practices of engaging parents in support of student achievement.

A)    The state requires that school districts solicit input from parents and community in the development of their plans. Districts are required to do the following:

  • Ask for input from the public via community meetings, surveys, etc.
  • Create an Advisory Committee made up of parents or guardians of low-income, English language learners, and foster youth. The committee is responsible for providing feedback to the district based on its plan. If the district has more than 15% English language learners, it is responsible for developing an additional committee composed of English language learner parents or guardians.
  • Districts are required to conduct a public hearing to solicit input from parents and community; the final district plan must be approved at an open Board meeting.
  • Once district plans are submitted to the County Office of Education (COE), the COE will solicit input from parents and community members.

B)   Most importantly, parent engagement is one of the eight state priorities: school districts must invest funds in improving the practices of schools in working and engaging parents. Districts will have to address parent engagement practices as part of their district plans (LCAPs).

How will parent engagement be measured by the state?

While significant research shows that parent engagement is important in supporting improved student achievement, the state and school districts have failed to keep schools accountable for effective parent engagement practices. Consequently, FIS, in collaboration with dozens of leaders from across the state, have developed a set of parent engagement indicators that can be used by the state and school districts to better track parent engagement activities. Download Report

How can organizations sign-up to support Families In School’s parent engagement recommendations, in the “Reimagining Parent Engagement in California” report

Please contact Sandy Mendoza, advocacy manager for Families In Schools at smendoza@familiesinschools.org.

Read the Reimagining Parent Engagement in California report.

See what other organizations have endorsed the Reimagining Parent Engagement report.