By Ian Hanigan
California’s budget for 2013-14 has brought major changes to the way school funding is allocated, with the goal of providing greater resources to the students who need them most.
At this week’s Board of Education meeting, Alan Schlichting, IUSD’s director of student support services, offered an overview of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula and what it means for schools in Irvine.
Here were some of the key takeaways.
The Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, starts with a base funding level that is the same for all districts, though the amount allocated per-student is differentiated slightly by grade level. Next comes a layer of supplemental funding, which adds an additional 20 percent of the base for each English-language learner, low-income student and foster youth.
There is a third pot of funding called a concentration grant, and that’s equal to 50 percent of the base, but only for schools and districts where English-learners, low-income students and foster youth exceed 55 percent of the total enrollment. (IUSD doesn’t qualify for the latter grant.)
Schlichting said the LCFF model has replaced the older Revenue Limit formula, as well as about three-quarters of the state’s categorical programs, which are smaller pots of money designated for specific purposes. …read more
Read more here: Irvine Unified News