Local Control Funding Formula


Los Angeles Hopes to Avoid Moving Backward on Education for Foster Students

Big changes may be ahead for the nearly 3,600 foster youth currently enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Last week, the district announced that it will start producing regular data reports on how students in foster care are faring in school and how often they are changing schools — a key issue for foster youth who are frequently forced to change placements far from home.


California’s Funding Formula Tries to Close the Achievement Gap for Disadvantaged Youth. But How is the Money Spent?

California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget includes full funding for a state program meant to boost support for foster youth and other vulnerable populations in schools. But advocates are criticizing the program for its lack of expenditure tracking and transparency on how schools spend the state’s money.


Gov. Brown’s Final Budget: Increased Spending on Foster Youth Education, New Home Visiting and Juvenile Justice Programs

Even as the state faces a potential recession and changes to the federal tax code, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made significant investments in the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the first version of the state’s 2018-2019 budget.


Recommendations to Reform California’s Education Funding Formula

When it was first enacted in 2013, California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was seen as a way to focus extra resources on the education of foster youth, English language learners and low-income youth in the state.


Advocacy Groups Urge Legislators to Ban Willful Defiance Suspensions

Suspended multiple times as a student, Juan Peña now fights to keep kids in class. As an organizer for Los Angeles advocacy group Youth Justice Coalition, he’s supporting legislation that would ban willful defiance suspensions in schools statewide.


San Diego County’s Answer to School Stability for Students in Foster Care

It seems obvious that keeping kids in their home school with their peer group – a concept known as “school stability”– is a key ingredient in the recipe for academic success for students in foster care.


    California Fails to Comply with Federal Law Aimed at Improving Foster Youth’s Educational Stability

    Despite a long history of supporting foster youth’s academic success, California failed to comply with a federal deadline requiring all states to submit plans on how to pay for those students’ transportation to school.


    California Foster Youth Score Well Below Peers on Standardized Tests

    According to newly available data released last week, California’s foster youth are lagging far behind other public school students when it comes to test scores. For the first time, the California Department of Education (CDE) released test scores for the nearly 70,000 foster youth in the state’s public schools as a result of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula.


    New LAUSD Superintendent Eyes Foster Youth Policies

    Advocates for foster youth in Los Angeles are eager to learn about plans for foster youth under new Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Michelle King. In January, LAUSD chose longtime local teacher and administrator Michelle King to head the nation’s second largest school district.