By Ian Hanigan
Alan Schlichting is IUSD’s director of student support services, and he’s been making the rounds lately to share information about the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, which represents a dramatic shift in the way California allocates dollars for education.
At the Board of Education meeting on Feb. 4, Schlichting explained that the LCFF will channel more resources to students with the greatest needs, including English-Learners, foster youth and low-income students. It will also mean greater accountability requirements, with broader benchmarks for measuring success.
We sat down with Schlichting this week for a brief follow-up interview to learn more about the LCFF and what it means for Irvine.
Let’s start with the basics: How exactly does the new Local Control Funding Formula differ from the previous model?
Under the old system, there were more than 40 funding categories, each for a specific purpose identified by the state. The LCFF model has essentially established three pots of funding with increased local discretion to determine how best to spend those funds in the service of our students.
All districts will now start with a base level of per-student funding that varies slightly depending on grade levels. Then there’s supplemental funding, which …read more
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