County Superintendent of Schools, Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D.
Local Control Funding Formula
Comments by Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D., County Superintendent of Schools
Governor Brown wants to simplify funding for K-12 education. Currently, in addition to the funding schools receive for student attendance (ADA), funding is also attached to over 40 different categorical programs. His proposal is referred to as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). He believes in local control! He is proposing to move the funding from most of the categorical programs into the base revenue for each student and let local school boards decide how best to spend the money to ensure academic achievement for all students. Each school district and county office of education will be held accountable for student achievement and will be required to develop an academic accountability plan. Supplemental grants will increase by 35% for each student identified as English Learner (EL), eligible for free or reduced price meals or foster youth. An additional 17.5%, concentration grant for the same pupils eligible for the supplemental grants, will be funded if the district's ADA is in excess of 50% of those students within the school district.
Both houses of the state legislature have announced they will be submitting their own version of LCFF. Conceptually, Governor Brown's LCFF proposal is very pleasing. Specificity is now needed to make sure all students in California's K-12 schools receive a quality education.
The County Office of Education is an essential part of Contra Costa's outstanding
public school system. Overall, our county's students rank high on virtually
every measure of achievement - from test scores to college entrance
job in the County Office is to support the success of Contra Costa's
18 school districts, their schools, and their 168,000+ students.
provide exactly the support that's needed by operating like a business.
Our customers in school districts can choose whether to use or
not use most County Office services. Superintendents and other
district staff tell us they do choose our services and are highly satisfied
with them because we:
quality countywide programs for children with special needs
do a better job
districts in meeting state and federal mandates
effectively and efficiently with Contra Costa's school districts, the
County Office of Education strengthens our entire education system while
saving dollars dollars that can then be used in local classrooms.
of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Ovick administers all County Office of Education
programs and facilitates cooperation among schools, colleges, universities,
government and community organizations. He is responsible for monitoring
and approving all school district budgets. In addition, he serves as an
advocate for education with the legislature and the public.
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