Local Control Accountability Plan: What is it?


The Local Control Accountability Plan, better known as LCAP, is a document developed every fall by every school district in the state to plan spending and other priorities for the following school year. The LCAP was established in 2013 under a state law called the  Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This landmark legislation created a funding mechanism for California’s public schools to promote student achievement equity by directing more resources to high-need – defined as low-income, English learner and foster youth – students.

The plan is supposed to explain exactly how the district will use its funds to improve annual goals and services for high-need students. It also measures student success based on specific metrics across eight priority areas. Unfortunately, many school districts don’t provide enough details on how they plan to spend their resources to meet their goals.

One of the main concerns the ACLU and community stakeholders, such as the Association of African American Educators, share is that many school districts fail to meaningfully engage parents, students and others in the LCAP process. SDUSD is among those districts that have fallen short of this commitment.

Community input is important because parents, students and stakeholders can use the LCAP process to advocate for funds to meet their specific school site needs, such as additional counselors, programs and tutors.


You can learn more about how you can advocate for how the district spends their money at our  LCAP 101 presentation.

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If you’d like to read more about the LCAP, visit the following links below for more information…

Parents Are Struggling to Engage With San Diego Unified (Via Voice of San Diego)

Why Informed Parent and Student Voices Are Needed For LCAP Development

San Diego Unified Must Be Truly Transparent, Accountable and Equitable in Funding Services for High-Need Students

Making the Local Control Funding Formula Work


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