The Board of Education at its last meeting conducted public hearings on the proposed 2015-16 budget and Local Control Accountability Plan. Both items will be considered for final approval at the board’s June 18 meeting.
The Long Beach Unified School District’s budget proposal is based largely upon California’s proposed budget, which restores some of the school funding that was cut during the state’s economic downturn. For Long Beach schools that means nearly $80 million more than the previous year, in the form of so-called “gap” funding, as the state implements its Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The state formula was approved in 2013 to replace an outdated and confusing school finance system with a more streamlined one that gives schools greater flexibility to use state funding based upon students’ needs. The aim of the formula is to restore public schools to adequate funding by 2020. The additional $80 million for Long Beach in 2015-16 would help to bridge the gap between recession-era funding levels and the state's ultimate funding goal for 2020.
In addition to the gap funding, LBUSD will receive as much as $45.7 million in one-time funding. Proposed uses of this funding include $18 million for textbooks, which need updating after years of suspended textbook adoptions during the state budget crisis. Other proposed uses for this funding include professional development, or training for employees, technology, a pre-K Educare center building, classroom resources aligned to state standards, and the conversion of year-round schools to a traditional schedule by 2017-18. View a detailed list of those proposed items. View the entire proposed budget. View the related summary presentation document from the June 2 school board meeting.
The school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a response to the state’s approval of the Local Control Funding Formula. The local draft plan was developed after a sweeping effort to engage the community, including multiple surveys and meetings. The plan is required under the new formula.