California’s first year with local control finance and accountability


  • David Menefee-Libey Pomona College
  • Charles Taylor Kerchner



financiamiento, responsabilidad educativa, California, política, evaluaciones, junta escolar, gobernador Jerry Brown, Common Core, Fórmula de Control Local de financiaciamiento


In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature radically restructured the state’s school funding system and accountability systems with a weighted student formula and a mandated local planning process in each district. The new law substitutes local politics and grassroots agency for state-driven mandates and compliance reviews. While the Local Control Funding Formula has had immediate impact, early evaluations suggest that districts like the new system and are earnest in their implementation efforts, but it will take years to assess the effect of the multi-indicator Local Control Accountability Plans. Simultaneously, the state is implementing the Common Core State Standards and the associated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests, which make creating local accountability plans more complicated.


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Author Biographies

David Menefee-Libey, Pomona College

Dr. Menefee-Libey is Professor of Politics at Pomona College. His research focuses on the politics of elementary and secondary education reform; civic education; and the interdependence of public and private sectors in the United States.

Charles Taylor Kerchner

Charles Taylor Kerchner is Research Professor in the School Educational Studies at the Claremont Graduate University and a specialist in educational organizations, educational policy, and teacher unions.




How to Cite

Menefee-Libey, D., & Kerchner, C. T. (2015). California’s first year with local control finance and accountability. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 22.



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