Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was made possible by overwhelming support and passage of Proposition 30 by California voters in November 2012.  LCFF is a step in the right direction.  However, the path forward is highly contingent upon increased involvement from parents, students, and concerned community members to become better informed, and involved, on how increased funding from LCFF to Merced schools will be spent.

Local school boards will have more power and responsibilities than ever before under new state funding scenarios. Local Control Funding Formula will provide an average of $11 million and $8 million more to Merced and Stanislaus County school districts respectively[1].  Fresno, the fourth-largest district in the state, at full funding, Fresno will receive $11,635 per student. Over the next two years, Fresno would get $968 more per student.  

LCFF will provide increased funds to schools that have a high proportion of at-risk students, specifically foster youth, English Learners and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged. For Merced schools, the targeted funding can greatly benefit schools in our district.

California schools will not be judged by test scores alone. Schools now also must develop plans to improve parent involvement, student engagement, and positive learning environments. This fall, the California State Board of Education is considering two important decisions: 

1)    Regulations that will define how new dollars can be spent.  

2)    A template for an achievement plan, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), every California school district will complete to show goals and progress under the new law.

[1] Source: Assemblymember Adam Gray’s website

[2] Source:  2012-13 California School Accountability Report Card:

[3] Source:  2012-13 California School Accountability Report Card: