Individual schools receive discretionary funding, beyond funding for regular operational expenses, providing schools additional flexibility to meet the specific needs of their students. Discretionary resources from the federal and state governments include Lottery, Common Core, Title I, Economic Impact Aid and Local Control Funding Formula funds.
Lottery Funding is provided to sites to be spent on instructional materials.
2014-15 and 2015-16 Budget Projections
The State of California has allocated $1.25 billion for implementation of the Common Core State Standards. School districts use these funds to support the integration of academic standards in instruction. The allocation to school districts is based upon enrollment. For the Long Beach Unified School District, this equates to about $16.4 million, with funds to be spent between July 2013 and June 2015. This funding may be used for professional development, or training for employees involved in the direct instruction of students, instructional materials aligned to the academic content standards, and integration of academic content standards through technology-based instruction. LBUSD is allocating about $2 million of these funds to professional development. The school district also is providing an initial allocation of $8.4 million for instructional materials related to the Common Core Standards, and $6 million toward technology to allow schools to administer computer-based assessments, or tests.
Title I, Economic Impact Aid and Local Control Funding Formula
The purpose of federal Title I funding is to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. The act is reauthorized by Congress from time to time and often given a new name. It is currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Title I funds are used to help improve academic achievement among disadvantaged students, or students who come from low-income families. Economic Impact Aid (EIA) is a state program supporting educational services for disadvantaged students and bilingual education services for English language learners. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by the state Legislature in 2013, provides greater flexibility as to how certain state funds are used by local schools.