The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) offers an historic opportunity for school districts to set new, locally-driven priorities aimed at improving outcomes for students who are often underserved in public schools.
After years of budget cuts and a single-minded focus on standardized tests, LCFF priorities things like a board course of study, positive school climate, student and parent engagement – all things that arts education can deliver. Arts education aligns with LCFF goals and contributes to a set of unique skills and outcomes that are shown to help students succeed in school and in life.
Right now, districts are drafting Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) that will determine priorities and funding for the coming years. The California Alliance has created a set of materials and trainings to empower advocates to contribute to these important conversations, educating officials about the benefits of arts education.