Big Changes In School Funding
California's system for funding schools is getting it's biggest overhaul since Prop 13 passed in the 1970's. Starting in 2013-14, districts will be funded via a system that has become known as the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF for short.
What is LCFF?
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) establishes a base grant for every student in California's public schools. It then provides a supplemental grant for every student in a district who qualifies for free and reduced lunch, is a foster youth, or is an English language learner. Finally, a concentration grant is provided to school districts where more than 55 percent of students receive the supplemental grant.
LCFF's established grant levels are not expected to be fully funded until 2021.
How does LCFF impact San Juan Unified?
LCFF is providing the District with nearly flat funding in 2013-14 compared with 2012-13. It does NOT restore the nearly 20 percent of funding that was cut during the economic crisis between 2008 and 2012.
Long term, San Juan Unified will receive less funding under LCFF than it would have under the old system.
The 2013-14 state budget requires that school districts maintain the same level of spending on adult education as they did in 2012-13. Therefore San Juan Unified will not be reducing its Adult Education program this year.
Additionally, the state budget provides a small amount for grants to local community colleges and school districts who form partnerships to provide for adult education needs long term. San Juan Unified is actively exploring partnership opportunities with local community colleges.
Responsible Fiscal Stewardship
San Juan continues to face budget challenges, primarily due to inflationary operating costs, rising health benefit premiums, employee contract obligations, and declining student enrollment. The most recent budget revision projects a $3.7 million deficit for 2013-14. District staff are currently working with employee group leaders and community members to identify strategies for eliminating this deficit spending which threatens the long-term fiscal health of the District.