Impact of the Student Equity Needs Index for LAUSD Schools

During LAUSD fiscal year 2018-19 school year, SENI allocated $25 million of TSP dollars amongst 228 highest-need schools. These additional funds ranged from $24,000 to $313,000 per school. For LAUSD fiscal 2019-2020 year, SENI was used to allocate $253 million of TSP dollars to LAUSD’s high and highest-need schools. Further, an additional $29 million was added as a hold harmless to help schools transition to the new formula.

In addition to the $281.5 million, the Equity Alliance has been working with the district to ensure local schools have the support they need. LAUSD has agreed to provide local school leadership with strategic guidance and support as well as an evidence-based “menu of options” for guidance on school site investments that have demonstrated to be effective for strong student outcomes. This allows flexibility for school principals to spend SENI dollars to meet the needs of their school and students as opposed to fixed programming investments led by the district.