Student Centered Funding (SCF)
Changing our Structures to Put Students at the Center of Everything We Do
The Los Angeles Unified School District spans over 710 square miles, serving over half a million students, supported by more than 30,000 staff, at over 1,000 schools. When it comes to offering students and their school communities the best possible environment to learn and grow, we know that a “one size fits all” approach does not work.
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, LA Unified will shift the way it allocates its budget, consisting of local, state, and federal funds, to school sites. Currently, LA Unified’s central office allocates resources to schools in the form of staff and programs and the Student Equity Needs Index (SENI). Using a Student Centered Funding (SCF) model, LA Unified will begin to allocate some dollars currently centrally allocated directly to school sites.
This change will enable the school leader and school community to purchase the staff, programs, and resources directly. We believe that this approach takes into account the differing needs of students across LA Unified, and will allow principals to make tailored investments based on those needs.
This model, implemented in other school districts such as Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, New York City and San Francisco, increases equity, transparency, flexibility, and stability.
Over the Summer of 2021, LA Unified staff, principals, teachers, labor partners, parents, students, and community members will be able to contribute to the overall design of the SCF. The initial implementation of SCF will begin in 2022-23, with full implementation beginning in 2024-25.
What is Student Centered Funding?