Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) along with Community Groups Across California Form Fair Share 4 Kids Campaign to Support Equitable School Funding; Support Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula


Fair Share 4 Kids Campaign pushes to ensure low-income students receive the support they need and parents have a voice on how education dollars are spent


Community groups from across California have come together today to launch the Fair Share 4 Kids Campaign (FairShare4Kids.org) to push for equitable school funding based on student need. The coalition, which includes Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), Alliance San Diego, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, El Centro de Acción Social, The Education Trust—West, Public Advocates, Reading and Beyond, Students for Education Reform (SFER), and Youth Together, is currently working in support of Governor Brown’s plan for a new school finance formula, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).


“For far too long, we have failed to adequately fund our schools and to fund students based on their needs,” said Luis Santana, Executive Director of Reading and Beyond, located in Fresno. “Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula plan will fix California’s school funding system by increasing funding for all districts, closing gaps between rich and poor districts and supporting students with the greatest needs.”


Governor Jerry Brown’s “Local Control Funding Formula” proposal shifts the current way California funds schools from an inequitable system to a simpler, needs-based formula. LCFF will provide every school district with additional dollars and provide supplementary funding for low-income students, English Language Learners, and foster youth.


“The Governor’s plan will help to fix the inequities in the current system,” said Randy Jurado Ertll, Executive Director of El Centro de Acción Social, located in Pasadena. “A system of equitable funding will specifically help low-income students and English Language Learners since most of the time poor students get short changed. With less red tape and more local control, districts will have increased flexibility to use their funding to improve education results and close opportunity and achievement gaps.”


The Fair Share 4 Kids Campaign is calling on the Legislature to support the Governor’s LCFF proposal and work with the Governor to ensure districts use these additional dollars as intended.


“Legislators should support the Governor’s proposal and work with him to ensure that students will receive the supports they need, districts are held accountable for results, and that students, parents, and communities have a voice in local spending decisions,” said Chinyere Tutashinda of Youth Together, located in Oakland. “LCFF is a step forward into the future. It’s time to stop protecting the failed system of the past and give kids their fair share by supporting LCFF,” she concluded.


To learn more about the campaign, go to www.FairShare4Kids.org.



 
Local Control Funding Formula

Your Voice Counts


Reading and Beyond recently hosted a forum for non-profit leaders, three local elected officials, and three FUSD board member trustees about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which Governor Brown signed into law in July.


This new law does two things: 1) gives local control to how state education money is spent, and 2) increases funding to the highest-need students (English learners, foster youth, and low-income students), while not taking away per-pupil funding from students who are not identified as “high-need.”

 

LCFF is an historic change to how our educational system is funded. Regardless of how each of us personally feel about this new funding formula, its implementation will ultimately effect every student in California. Before July 1, 2014, all districts are charged with the task of creating an accountability plan (called LCAP) and must seek public recommendations prior to adopting this plan. This is a high-stakes plan that has the potential to turn the tide of student achievement for us locally. While our educational decision-makers are actively seeking our input, now is the time to make our voices heard.


Read our editorials in The Fresno Bee:

“Your Voice is Important” by Luis Santana

“Tutoring Helps Students” by Jenny Brietigam

 

Comcast Newsmakers

Luis Santana - LCFF


Luis Santana, Executive Director of Reading and Beyond, talks about the importance and potential impact that Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will have on our local schools.

Local Control Funding Formula

High-Need Students Need Their Fair Share


Watch this video to see LCFF explained in simple everyday terms everyone can understand.