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LCFF Funding

Dear CMEA Member:

CMEA is seeking anecdotal data as to whether or not school districts have increased spending for music education during the 2014-2015 school as a result of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  Please send examples of new spending in your school district to Steve Venz, CMEA Advocacy Representative, at by December 1, 2014.  Mr. Venz’s e-mail address is:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Examples of new spending might include newly-created teacher positions or increased supply and equipment budgets.  You may want to view you district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which is likely available on your school district’s website.

CMEA will be providing formal feedback on the LCFF’s impact on music education when its leaders visit the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office at the May 21, 2015 California Music Education Advocacy Day at the State Capitol.

A reminder that eight required areas of State priority must be addressed in all LCAP’s:

-Student Achievement

-Student Engagement

-Other Student Outcomes

-School Climate

-Parental Involvement

-Basic Services

-Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

-Course Access


Clearly, music education fits into many of these areas.  Is your district including spending for music education in its LCAP? 

More information about the LCFF may be found at on the Legislative Analyst’s Office Website at:  http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/edu/lcff/lcff-072913.aspx .



Michael D. Stone, President

California Music Educators Association (CMEA)