The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education this week unanimously approved the 2014-15 budget and Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP.
The LCAP is a response to the state’s approval of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for schools. The formula replaces the state’s outdated and confusing school finance system with a more streamlined one that gives schools greater flexibility to use state funding based upon students’ needs.
Shortly after the state’s approval of the new formula last year, LBUSD embarked on a sweeping effort to engage the community in shaping its LCAP, including multiple surveys and meetings. The plan is required under the new formula.
The draft LCAP spells out spending priorities and accountability measures to make certain that resources are used wisely.