In 2013 the California legislature altered the formula for funding K-12 education for the first time in decades. Under this new formula, known as the Local Control Funding Formula (“LCFF”), school districts and charter schools receive more funding for English Language Learner students, students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, and foster youth. This new system is intended to direct more resources to schools with students who have the greatest needs. In addition to the new funding formula, this legislation also established an accountability measure called the Local Control Accountability Plan (“LCAP”). Each local education agency is required to create an LCAP that describes its strategy to increase pupil outcomes with regard to state priorities, including: student achievement, student engagement, school climate, parental involvement, basic services, implementation of Common Core State Standards, course access, and other student outcomes.
Under LCFF, all charter schools in California are required to prepare a LCAP. A charter schools’ LCAP describes how they plan to use additional funds in order to meet annual goals for all pupils as well as for each individual subgroup of students, with specific activities to address identified state and local priorities, including: student achievement, student engagement, school climate, parental involvement, basic services, implementation of Common Core State Standards, course access, and other student outcomes. LCAPs are to be produced on an annual basis and given to authorizing districts and counties before July 1st of each year.
Current 2017-2018 LCAP documents for each Opportunities for Learning charter can be downloaded below:
As part of the LCAP development and evaluation process, Opportunities for Learning must engage all stakeholders for feedback on an ongoing basis, including students, parents, guardians, staff, and the community. In order to gain input from stakeholders in the 2016-2017 school year, OFL held regional LCAP Focus Group Meetings. These meetings included presentations about LCFF and LCAP as well as gave room for questions and discussion around the school’s goals and progress toward those goals. In addition, online survey links were distributed to all parents and students inviting them to give feedback anonymously. All input from these meetings and surveys, as well as those that will be implemented in spring 2017, are being and will continue to be carefully considered and discussed throughout the process of monitoring and executing 2016-2017 LCAPs and in the development of the 2017-2018 LCAPs.
Results and trends from the 2017-2018 LCAP Focus Group Meetings and online surveys can be viewed below:
Results from previous years:
For more information regarding LCFF funding and the LCAP, please visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/