Board of Education approves 2015-16 budget

The San Diego Unified Board of Education unanimously approved a $1.37 billion "students first" budget for 2015-16 at their June 22 meeting. The 2015-16 spending plan provides for further reduction of class sizes in lower grades, additional certificated staff at high needs schools, enhanced nursing and counseling services, and more support for English Learners, Special Education and African/African American students. Prior to approving the district's budget, the Board approved the district's 2015-16 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at the same time.

The 2015-16 California budget increased the state's investment in K-14 public education, including $5.994 billion for districts to continue to implement the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  The district's budget continues to build a system of equity and access for all students.

"In order to deliver on the hope and promise of public education, we must attach a sense of urgency to the budget process," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "The school district's budget is our financial roadmap for how to best allocate resources to support the goals of our Vision 2020 and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), focusing on the classroom and on excellence and equity for our students."

Local Control Funding Formula(LCFF)

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.

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

As part of the LCFF, school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), beginning on July 1, 2014, using a template adopted by the California Board of Education. The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators, including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement. School districts and charter schools are required to obtain parent and public input in developing, revising and updating LCAPs.

The academic priorities must be aligned to the district’s spending plan. The Board of Education must first approve the LCAP before adopting the annual district budget. The LCAP highlights actions funded with Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars from the State. County superintendents must review school district LCAPs and ensure alignment of projected spending, services, and goals. Charter school LCAPs will be reviewed by the chartering authority. County Offices of Education’s are required to provide technical assistance when they disapprove an LCAP. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction may intervene if a school district or charter school fails to show improvement across multiple subgroups in three out of four consecutive years.

For more information, go to the Local Control and Accountability Plan page.


Budget planning is a year-round process but goes into full gear following the release of the Governor's budget proposal in January, with completion required by the end of June.

SDUSD Revenue Sources

General Fund

This is the chief operating fund for the District. It is used to fund the general operations of the District.

All transactions except those required or permitted by law to be in another fund are accounted for in this fund. The General Fund is broken into two components: unrestricted and restricted.

  • Unrestricted component — may be used to account for those projects and activities that are funded with unrestricted revenues.

  • Restricted component — may be used to account for those projects and activities that are funded by external revenue sources that are legally restricted or restricted by the donor to specific purposes.