Questions and Answers About LCUSD Funding and Measure LC Parcel Tax
How do La Cañada schools compare to other districts in California?
Schools within the La Cañada Unified School District (LCUSD) are among the best in the State and have been recognized with National Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished Schools, and Schools to Watch distinctions over many years. Thanks to outstanding academic programs, and highly qualified teachers, student achievement scores are consistently in the State’s top 5%, and 98% of high school graduates go on to college. In fact, last year 98% of our high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary institutions and many are attending the nation’s top universities.
How are LCUSD schools funded?
The vast majority of local school funding comes from the State. Unfortunately, the State of California provides far less money per student than nearly every other state in the country – and with changes in the state funding formula, La Cañada schools receive some of the lowest levels of per student funding in California. We can’t rely on the State if we want to have high quality schools in our community. While our local education foundation works hard to support our students with its private fundraising efforts, it can’t close state funding gaps.
How is Measure LC funding used?
Funds generated from Measure LC would stay in La Cañada schools to allow LCUSD to continue to:
• Attract and retain the most qualified teachers
• Maintain manageable class sizes
• Protect advanced educational programs in science, technology, engineering, math and robotics
• Maintain educational programs that help our students get into top, best-fit colleges and high demand careers
• Keep our schools safe
• Keep classroom technology up-to-date
How much does the parcel tax cost?
The current rate of the Measure LC parcel tax is set at $450 per parcel per year and raises approximately $2.5 million in annual school funding used to protect quality education in our local schools. Annual adjustments for inflation would be added to allow Measure LC to keep up with changes in the cost of living and ensure that funds remain sufficient over time.