LCFF Toolkit

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. 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.

California Arts Education Data Project

CreateCA, in partnership with the California Department of Education, has launched the California Arts Education Data Project, a tool which analyzes and reports school-level data on arts education courses and middle and high school enrollment across the state. It is designed to enable leaders at the state, district and school level - as well as parents and advocates - to identify and address education inequities across California. More info, tools and resources.

In the coming weeks and months, districts will be updating their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) to determine priorities and funding for the coming years. The California Alliance in partnership with Arts for LA and LA County's Arts for All  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. Scroll down this page for templates, message points and archives of our webinars. 

Arts Education Strategies in California LCAPs

  1. Review your district’s most recent LCAP for any arts investments
  2. Offer support for any LCAP arts investments, or where none was made, offer examples of how other districts have invested and ask them which of those make sense as the next “move” for the district to improve access to arts instruction for all 
  3. Meet with the district leadership (including a superintendent, VAPA coordinator or school board member) to get advice, offer information and support (Watch the Arts Education Advocacy Strategies Webinar below)  
  4. Make a school board presentation (Use materials below)
  5. Join an LCAP Committee and or participate in district LCAP meetings

Use these Resources for Advocacy:

LCFF & LCAP Webinars: 

  • Is Arts Education in YOUR District LCAP? Slides.

  • 2016 Arts Education Strategies in California LCAPs. Slides.

  • Arts Education in District LCAPs. Slides.

  • Arts Education Advocacy Strategies for 2015. Slides.

  • Archive of our webinar Writing Arts Ed into a District LCAP from Spring 2014