Statement by Superintendent Austin Beutner on Local Control Funding Formula Report

June 5, 2018

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was adopted by the state four years ago, and was intended to restore funding lost during the Great Recession and provide additional resources for students most in need. Today’s report from the CLASS Coalition and United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides the opportunity to assess L.A. Unified’s implementation of the LCFF and whether the objectives are being met.

The report notes the District has made some progress in serving students, including adding Advanced Placement courses, introducing preschool and transitional kindergarten classes and expanding parent engagement. However, the report also states that significant work remains to be done. Among the issues the report raises are:

  •  More progress needs to be made to help students most in need. Significant opportunity gaps continue to exist between students of color and their peers.
  •  More than a third of the District’s budget is spent on three things – Special Education, Health Care and Pensions. This crowds out the District’s ability to direct funds toward students most in need.
  • The District uses different instructional models to educate students, including magnet centers and dual-language programs, but has yet to demonstrate which are the most effective for students or the most attractive to families.
  • Minimal evidence has emerged to weigh the efficacy of District programs. This requires a more in-depth look at how District and school leaders are evaluating the impact of various investments.
To deliver on the promise of the LCFF, the District must be more transparent. The District must make sure that it is investing in proven strategies and programs to improve student achievement. The District must also be more accountable to ensure it achieves the goals of the LCFF.

We appreciate the commitment of the CLASS Coalition and United Way of Greater Los Angeles to help us in this work.

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766