LCFF Reform Nixed by Governor

A bill that would have significantly altered the state’s K-12 school funding system has been vetoed by the governor

Assembly Bill 1835 was authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) and co-sponsored by Children Now, Education Trust-West, and Teach Plus. It passed the legislature with overwhelming support.

Assembly Bill 1835 would have closed a ‘loophole’ in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) used to determine funding for K-12 schools. Districts would have been prohibited from rolling unspent money for high needs students over into the General Fund. They would have had to use leftover funds on high needs students in future years. It also would have increased reporting and transparency requirements to ensure funds are being spent as intended.

Newsom said he supports “the underlying goal of this bill.” His veto was motivated by what he called “fundamental flaws.”

“As written, AB 1835 would necessitate that the State Board of Education initiate a lengthy rulemaking process to amend the LCFF spending regulations to add definitions and make other changes to clarify the requirements of the bill. This process would likely delay implementation for two school years. This bill would also pose new unnecessary procedural requirements on schools that are and will be managing unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19.” 

The governor promised to work with Assemblywoman Weber on another solution for next year’s budget.