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The LCAP is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
charter school must engage parents, educators, employees and the
community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the charter
school’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions
the charter school will take to achieve the vision and goals.
LCAP focuses on eight areas identified as state priorities. The
plans will also demonstrate how the charter school’s budget will help
achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the
plan are able to improve outcomes.
Local Control Funding Formula: California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplifies the state’s school finance system. The changes introduced by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represent a major shift in how California funds Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). For nearly 40 years, California has relied on a system that included general purpose funding (known as revenue limits) and more than 50 tightly defined categorical programs to provide state funding to LEAs. Under LCAFF, California funds school districts, charter school, and county office of education equally per student with adjustments based on grade levels as well as demographic characteristics. LCFF replaces complexity in favor of equity, transparency, and performance.
What is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF. Under the LCFF all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d)