Brea, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (http://www.ballard-tighe.com) today released an infographic illustrating how California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) works and outlines some of the Local Control Action Plan (LCAP) requirements relative to English Learners (EL), low income (LI), and foster youth (FY).
The infographic, “The Local Control Funding Formula: Impact on California English Learners, Low-Income, and Foster Youth,” comes at a time when California administrators have been creating their LCAPs to prioritize support for EL/LI/FY proportional to the extra Supplemental and Concentration funding that is provided by the LCFF.
The LCFF, approved last summer by Governor Jerry Brown, is a new formula that California will use to fund its public schools. Through the LCFF, the bulk of funding that districts receive in per-pupil funding will come from “Base Funds,” which are determined by grade span and the district’s three-year average daily attendance.
Additionally, the LCFF also provides “Supplemental” and “Concentration” funding to districts with EL/LI/FY students. Supplemental Funds provide additional money at 20% of the Base Funds per unduplicated pupil. Highly impacted districts with an of EL/LI/FY population of over 55% qualify for even more money. Concentration Funds give districts an additional 50% of the Base Funds for each unduplicated pupil above the 55% threshold.
“There’s a reason why many local school superintendents have supported Governor Brown’s LCFF plan,” says Mark Espinola, CEO of Ballard & Tighe, Publishers. “California educators now have the additional funding they need to make a real difference in the lives of students with the greatest need: English learners, low income, and foster youth students.”
While the new LCFF gives districts more flexibility in how the funds are used, schools are required to develop LCAPs that show an increase in EL/LI/FY support that is proportional to the Supplemental and Concentration funds received.
Additionally, state and federal laws and regulations regarding English language learners must still be complied with when allocating such funds and adopting programs. Using funds for professional development, EL curriculum development, or for the purchase of supplemental English language learning materials are a few ways schools can demonstrate increased support for EL/FY/FY students.
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers, the creator of several supplemental EL materials including the 2014 CODIE Award Finalist for Best Learning Game, Word Raider (http://www.word-raider.com), the award-winning program Frames for Fluency (http://www.framesforfluency.com), and the interactive whiteboard program Hands-On Grammar (http://www.hands-ongrammar.com), has posted their LCFF infographic at http://www.ballard-tighe.com/lcff2014.
About Ballard & Tighe, Publishers
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (http://www.ballard-tighe.com) has focused on developing products for English language learners since 1976. Ballard & Tighe provides testing, instructional, and training products and services to more than 3,500 state, regional, and local school districts throughout the United States and internationally. Ballard & Tighe produces assessment products, English language development instructional materials, professional development programs, and a series of unique social studies programs designed especially for English language learners.