Malibu News
SMMUSD Funding For Low-Income Students
By Nedda Alishahi
Aug 17, 2013 - 11:57:35 PM

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MALIBU/SANTA MONICA—All of the schools within the Santa Monica-Malibu Union School District will soon be receiving funding for students that come from a lower income household. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a new school accountability and funding system recently put into effect. According to, the new system provided by LCFF “shifts control over spending and budgeting from the state to districts, and it steers substantially more money to high-needs students: low-income children, foster youth, and English learners.”


Canyon News spoke to Ben Allen, a member of the SMMUSD Board of Education, who says that, “Districts have always been funded for these students through categorical funding, which districts will no longer receive in the LCFF model. Districts now have the flexibility to determine how they are going to use the funding to best serve those students.”


The funding will reportedly benefit students in all of the schools within the district. Allen also went on to say that “This is a major shift in the state’s allocation of resources to schools.  At full implementation it could result in significant changes in the amount schools receive in funding.  There is a graduated implementation plan, so we expect to see about $2 million more in the 2013-14 school year than we would have received under the old funding system.”


Information about this new school funding system will be given to students and guardians once school officially begins and there will also be information about the funding on each school’s website.

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