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Over the next 8 years, school budgets in California are expected to increase by $18 billion.

As many Sacramento citizens know, public school budgets have suffered severely during the past few years. However, 2014 has the potential to be an important year for increasing student success reforming how the state provides its support for schools.

California’s new Fair School Funding Law –otherwise known as the Local Control Funding Formula– is paving the way to reconstructing the state’s educational system after years of layoffs and budget cuts. Over the next 8 years, state-wide educational spending is expected to increase by $18 billion. The Fair School Funding Law (LCFF) will instruct school districts on how to distribute the funds.

By July 2014, School districts are expected to form new accountability plans and budgets to support the LCFF.

“The core of the new Local Control Funding Formula is just that: local control,” said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “Parental and community involvement remains key to student success, perhaps now more than ever. We all need to look closely, together, at the outcomes we want for our students and make sure that all students – no matter where they come from, where they live or what challenges or opportunities they have – receive a world-class education and graduate ready to contribute.”

Recently, the California Endowment came up with ten recommendations to help schools throughout the state prepare for the new law and maximize student achievement.The authors of this new law are very interested in providing additional resources for foster youths, English Learners, and children from low-income families.

These recommended investments include:

  • Providing more health services in schools
  • Improving fitness equipment and playgrounds
  • Maintaining schools buildings and facilities
  • Upgrading school kitchens
  • Hiring a community school coordinator
  • Investing in parents
  • Improving student attendance
  • Supporting youth leadership
  • Hiring more school counselors
  • Keeping more kids in school by using positive school discipline

To read more about the Fair School Funding Law and the California Endowment’s goals, you can go here. If you would like to see an overview about the Local Control Funding Formula, you can go here.

If you have questions about Fair School Funding, you can email lcff@calendow.org.

With the help of teachers, parents, community members, and others, the California school system should be helping students succeed for years to come.