Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a Local Control Funding Formula that could bring significant additional revenue to the Long Beach Unified School District while providing greater flexibility as to how those funds are used.
The governor’s proposal, if approved by the state Legislature as part of California’s budget approval process, would replace the current model of funding schools with a more streamlined formula and remove most spending restrictions. As a result, the majority of currently required “categorical activities” – including purchasing instructional materials, conducting professional development, and providing supplemental instruction – would instead be left to the discretion of individual school districts. LBUSD and other school districts have long sought such funding flexibility.
The new funding formula would begin in the 2013-14 school year, and would be implemented over seven years. The current projection is that LBUSD would receive about $365 more per student in 2013-14 than in 2012-13, and about $4,800 more per student over the next seven years. The seven-year increase amounts to a 77 percent boost in funding.
Long Beach would benefit more than some other districts under the new funding formula, which provides additional funds for school systems that have large populations of students living in poverty, and/or large numbers of students whose primary language is not English.
About 70 percent of LBUSD students quality for free and reduced price meals because of their family income, and about 25 percent of students here are categorized as English Language Learners.
The governor’s proposal also includes accountability measures requiring school districts to document how they plan to educate their students.
View an executive summary prepared by LBUSD staff.
View more details from a recent LBUSD staff presentation at a school board workshop.