Collaborative Members Drive Dialogue about LCFF at PACE Conference

February 2018

Several Collaborative members made important contributions to the PACE Research and Policy Annual Conference, Fulfilling the Promise of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). As a panelist in a session focused on equity, Ed Trust-West Executive Director Ryan Smith acknowledged important progress that has happened with LCFF, while simultaneously urging California’s education community to increase transparency at all levels, build capacity for meaningful stakeholder engagement, and use LCFF dollars to improve—not just increase—supports for students. As part of the same panel, San José Unified School District (USD) Superintendent Nancy Albarrán expressed appreciation that LCFF has facilitated a shift from compliance to commitment, but also emphasized the importance of implementing approaches with quality, and securing adequate funding overall to do so. In a session focused on PreK-3 alignment, Northwestern University Professor Cynthia Coburn shared early findings from a study of two California districts seeking to develop a more coherent approach to mathematics instruction in early grades. Later, an address from State Board of Education President Mike Kirst offered reflections on recent and future developments in state policy, including proposals in the governor’s budget to address ongoing needs in California’s public education system. Finally, Sacramento City USD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar joined Albarrán in a second panel discussion to describe emergent efforts to use a robust data system to uncover inequitable pieces of the school system, then use that information to inform the optimal use of LCFF resources. Materials from the conference are available at https://edpolicyinca.org/events/fulfilling-promise-local-control-funding-formula.