District Budget

Budget process for 2014-15 ‘puts students and schools first’

Planning for the 2014-15 school year "reflects our collective vision" and is being shaped by a multi-disciplinary team, Superintendent Cindy Marten told the Board of Education when she presented her proposed 2014-15 budget on Jan. 21. The team approached the process, Marten explained, by reviewing the district’s vision for equity and excellence in all schools and classrooms rather than asking how much money is available and how much needs to be cut. The proposed budget puts the priorities squarely on students with improvements and enhancements to educational program. Read more of the Superintendent's budget message»

Local Control Funding Formula

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Gov. Brown's comments on LCFF (PDF)
Beginning with the 2013-14 California budget, the state made major changes both to the way the it allocates funding to school districts and charter schools, and the way the state supports and intervenes in under-performing schools.

For school districts and charter schools, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of most previously existing K-12 funding streams, thus eliminating revenue limits and approximately three-quarters of state categorical programs.

This will result in more flexibility for school leaders, with the assistance from parents and other local stakeholders, to determine the local academic priorities and how the state funding will be used to improve student achievement so that they graduate from high school and are college and career ready.

For more information, go to the Local Control Funding Formula page.

Budget History

Since 2007, California has seen historic reductions in school funding. For the San Diego Unified School District, this means a reduction of more than 25 percent in school funding while the enrollment has remained stable. That's a reduction of more than $500 million.


Budget planning begins following the release of the Governor's budget proposal in January, with completion required by the end of June.

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