Local control Accountability Plan LCAP: A Descriptive Study

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), also known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), was enacted in California in 2013-2014. The legislation allows local California K-12 school districts to create their own spending plans with input from the various stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members). Previous spending plans were guided by categorical funding guidelines from state legislators. This new legislation puts the responsibility and accountability on the local school districts to create viable spending plans tied to student achievement. The (LCFF) new decentralized paradigm of fiscal governance is in its fifth year of implementation. California’s K-12 school districts are attempting in various manners to fulfill the spirit and intent of the law as the understanding of the law matures as a result of yearly new LCAP plans. The study was conducted at Charter Integrity School in National City, California. The study is a qualitative descriptive analysis of how the school site created their LCAP plan. The study describes how decisions took place and the process of stakeholder input based on the eight areas of state priorities: 1) pupil achievement, 2) pupil engagement, 3) pupil outcomes, 4) school climate, 5) parental involvement, 6) basic services, 7) implementation of state standards, and 8) course access.