Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) & Local Funding Formula (LCFF)

  • California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplified the state’s school finance system. The changes introduced by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represented a major shift in how California funds public schools. For nearly 40 years, California has relied on a system that included general purpose funding and more than 40 tightly defined categorical programs to provide state funding to school districts. Under LCFF, California funds school districts per student with adjustments based on grade levels and demographic characteristics.

    This major change comes with state mandates for new accountability measures that include the development of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that requires parent and community input prior to adoption.  The LCAP strives to connect resources to goals and accountability for performance expectations in a transparent and seamless process. The plan includes a description of annual goals for all students, as well as for various student groups.   Furthermore, the plan includes a description of the specific actions that the district will take to achieve these goals.

    This new model includes a base grant for each student and two additional grants (the Supplemental and Concentration grants) for students of low income, English learners and foster youth. The Concentration Grant is distributed to school districts with 55 percent or higher of students of low-income, English learners and foster youth. PSUSD has an unduplicated student count of 88 percent from these student groups qualifying the district for the additional Concentration Grant funds.

LCAP Goals

    1. Academic Achievement:  All students will graduate high school prepared with the academic and technical skills necessary for college and career success.
    2. Parent and Community Partnerships:  Palm Springs Unified School District will collaborate with families and our local communities to ensure all students are actively engaged in learning and connected in meaningful ways to their school community.
    3. Safe and Secure Environment:  Palm Springs Unified School District will provide students with a clean, healthy, physically and emotionally safe learning environment.
    4. Highly Qualified Staff:  Human Resources to ensure highly qualified staff in all positions.