Local Control Funding Formula -LCFF/LCAP

2024-2027 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Every year, Banta Unified, like all California school districts, is required to prepare and update a three-year plan known as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP does three major things:
* Defines the district's goals
* Describes how BUSD will support student outcomes
*Guide budgeting priorities for the upcoming year

All Parents, Community Members, Staff and Students are invited to attend our
LCAP Advisory/Educational Partners Committee Meetings in conjunction with our monthly PFA/ELAC Meetings. All meetings will be held in the Banta Elementary School Staff Room.
The LCAP Process is your opportunity to let us know what is important to you and your school.  It also provides an opportunity to discuss how to improve support for our English Learners, Foster Youth, Students with Disabilities, and low-income students to ensure each and every child receives the high-quality education the deserve.  

Our scheduled LCAP Meetings for the 2024-25 LCAP planning will be held during the Monthly PFA/ELAC/Community Meetings:
Date: January 29, 2024
Date: February 12, 2024 
Date: April 19, 2024
LCAP Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: May 13, 2024

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Banta Elementary School Staff Room 
               22345 El Rancho Rd.
               Tracy, CA 95304

Please help by completing our 2023-2024 Annual LCAP Parent Survey that was emailed and text to parents in December 2023. 

Any questions, concerns, or feedback can be directed to Superintendent Rechelle Pearlman at [email protected], 209-229-4651

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): Overview

The goal of the LCFF is to significantly simplify how state funding is provided to local educational agencies (LEAs). Under the new funding system, revenue limits and most state categorical programs are eliminated. LEAs will receive funding based on the demographic profile of the students they serve and gain greater flexibility to use these funds to improve outcomes of students. The LCFF creates funding targets based on these student characteristics. For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF funding targets consist of grade span-specific base grants plus supplemental and concentration grants that reflect student demographic factors. For county offices of education (COEs), the LCFF funding targets consist of an amount for COE operations plus grants for instructional programs.

Implementation of the LCFF began in 2013–14. The state Department of Finance estimates that achieving full funding levels under the LCFF will take eight years based on its current Proposition 98 growth projections. During the intervening years, some LCFF provisions will be phased in (e.g., funding levels and K–3 class size). Regulations and templates to support local implementation were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) in early 2014 for use during the 2014–15 program and budget planning process.

LCFF Accountability
The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF. Under the LCFF all Districts are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d).

What is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.

What are the eight state priority areas that must be addressed in the plans?
There are eight areas for which school districts, with parent and community input, must establish goals and actions. This must be done both district-wide and for each school.

The areas are:
1. Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.
2. Implementation of California’s academic standards, including the Common Core  State Standards in English language arts and math, Next Generation Science Standards, English language development, history social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physical education standards.
3. Parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students.
4. Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness.
5. Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.
6. Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.
7. Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
8. Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts. 

In addition to these eight areas, a district may also identify and incorporate in its plan goals related to its own local priorities.  The new LCFF and LCAPs provide a great opportunity for parents to engage in the decisions that impact their children and schools.

LCAP Federal Addendum
The LCAP Federal Addendum is meant to supplement the LCAP to ensure that eligible LEAs have the opportunity to meet the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan provisions of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, U.S. Department of Education)

California Department of Education LCFF Overview Link
CDE LCFF Overview

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