Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): The local control funding formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013–14, and it replaced the previous kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) finance system which had been in existence for roughly 40 years. For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF establishes base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of the myriad of previously existing K–12 funding streams, including revenue limits, general purpose block grants, and most of the 50-plus state categorical programs that existed at the time. For county offices of education (COEs), the LCFF establishes separate funding streams for oversight activities and instructional programs.

Original estimates provided by the Department of Finance (DOF) in 2013–14 indicated there would be an additional state cost of approximately $18 billion, which included $58 million for COEs. DOF estimated it would take eight years to fully phase in the new funding formula for school districts and charter schools, and it would take two years to fully phase in the new formula for COEs.

SOURCE: California Department of Education (

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