ABOUT AB 2774
AB 2774 will fix a fundamental flaw in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) by creating a new supplemental grant for California’s lowest-performing subgroup of students not currently receiving funding, which are currently African American students. AB 2774 is authored by Assemblymembers Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and is sponsored by the Fortune School of Education.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013 and was designed to be a more equitable system of funding, with the goal of providing additional funding for the highest-needs students. Base grants, concentration grants, and supplemental grants were created to provide additional funding and accountability to Lead Educational Agencies (LEAs) including school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide extra support for high-needs students. These subgroups of students include English Language Learners, low-income students, and foster/homeless youth.
However, 2019 statewide testing data shows that African American students are the lowest-performing subgroup with 67% not meeting English Language Arts Standards and 79% not meeting Math Standards. The achievement gap for African American students is pervasive whether they are low-income or not. For example, low-income white students outperform non-low income Black students in math and science.
In comparison with non-low income students by race, Black students are the lowest performing.
PERFORMANCE BY RACE:
NON LOW INCOME STUDENTS MEETING STATE STANDARDS
Approximately 80,000 African American students or just over a quarter are not receiving additional supplemental funding or accountability through the LCFF. Unfunded African American students are the only subgroup performing below the statewide average on ELA and Math that is not already receiving an LCFF supplement. That is to say that while the entirety of the current subgroups in the unduplicated pupil count receives supplemental funding, only a portion of the lowest-performing subgroup realizes this benefit.
THESE STUDENTS NEED EQUITABLE FUNDING NOW!
Promotes Academic Growth
Supports African American Students for College and Career-Readiness
Drives Equitable Education Funding for African American Students
AB 2774 IS CURRENTLY SUPPORTED BY:
FORTUNE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (Sponsor)
CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TONY THURMOND (Co-Sponsor)
ELITE PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Co-Sponsor)
A BLACK EDUCATION NETWORK (Co-Sponsor)
NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK, Western Region (Co-Sponsor)
NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK, Sacramento (Co-Sponsor)
NAACP CALIFORNIA HAWAII (Co-Sponsor)
NAACP SAN BERNARDINO (Co-Sponsor)
ALPHA COMMUNITY EDUCATION INITIATIVE (Co-Sponsor)
NATIONAL COALITION OF 100 BLACK WOMEN SACRAMENTO (Co-Sponsor)
BLACK STUDENTS OF CALIFORNIA UNITED (Co-Sponsor)
BLACK AMERICAN POLITICAL ASSOCIATION OF CA BAPAC (Co-Sponsor)
BLU EDUCATION FOUNDATION (Co-Sponsor)
INTERNATIONAL FAITH-BASED COALITION (Co-Sponsor)
CENTER FOR POWERFUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Co-Sponsor)
SHE POWER (Co-Sponsor)
BLACK PARALLEL SCHOOL BOARD
CALIFORNIA STATE PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
LOS ANGELES URBAN LEAGUE
TRUSTEE BINA LEFKOVITZ, SACRAMENTO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
SACRAMENTO BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
SACRAMENTO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND
WHICH LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCIES WILL BENEFIT?
An estimated 785 districts will gain new funding under this proposal, providing an estimated $400 million to unfunded African American students. Below are the top 10 districts and the estimated funds generated by this legislation if passed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about LCFF and how AB 2774(Weber) can help serve African American students across the state of California
What is the Local Control Funding Formula?
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013 and was a complete restructure of education funding in California. With the Local Control Funding Formula, three of California’s highest needs student populations receive supplemental funding for additional support: English Language Learners, low-income students, and Foster or Homeless Youth. All of California’s public schools are held to higher levels of accountability to improve the academic performance of these subgroups. Despite chronic underperformance, African American students are not identified as a high needs population for funding.
How much additional funding would this result in?
We estimate that approximately 80,000 additional African American students would generate additional funding. These are African American students who are not currently already receiving an LCFF supplement through being low-income, English Language Learners, or foster/homeless youth. This proposal would generate approximately $400 million in additional supplemental grant funds to support students in the lowest-performing subgroup not already receiving an LCFF supplement.
How is the lowest performing subgroup identified in this proposal?
The Superintendent of Public Instruction would be required to annually identify the lowest-performing subgroup statewide. Currently, this subgroup is African American students. This excludes subgroups that already generate supplemental funding: English Language Learners, low-income students, and homeless/foster youth. This also excludes Special Education students since they are specifically funded.
What if the lowest performing subgroup changes?
If the current lowest-performing subgroup increases its performance above the next lowest performing subgroup, that subgroup would generate additional supplemental funding. The original subgroup would continue to be grandfathered into the formula and would continue to receive supplemental funds until it meets or exceeds the highest performing subgroup in the state.