Budget Transparency
Frequently Asked Questions about the 2013-14 Budget
LAUSD's 2013-14 Operating Budget is $7.09 billion. The uses of these funds can be summarized into four categories:
  1. Adult Education Fund ($107.3 million) – moneys used to operate the District’s Adult Education programs
  2. Child Development Fund ($166.0 million) – moneys used to operate the District’s Early Childhood Education Centers
  3. Cafeteria Fund ($350.4 million) – moneys used to operate the District’s food service program
  4. General Fund ($6.2 billion) – moneys used for the basic instructional and administrative operations of the District

* Figures rounded, graphic not to scale, amounts in billions

LAUSD receives its revenue for the General Fund from a combination of local, state, and federal sources. In 2013-14, LAUSD's General Fund revenue was $6.07 billion.

  • State - 85%, or $5.18 billion
  • Federal - 12%, or $762.2. million
  • Local - 2%, or $141.3 million
  • Other - 1%, or $22.2 million


  • Proposition 30 provided sales tax revenue to prevent further cuts in FY 2012-13. Furloughs rescinded upon passage of Proposition 30 restored the full instructional school year.
  • Proposition 39 provides funding for efficiency-related upgrades to school facilities, including installation of green energy technologies. It is not instructional funding. 
Frequently Asked Questions about Budget Reductions

Voters have approved $19.2 billion worth of bonds for new school construction and repairs to existing buildings.  Can't the District use those funds to help with current budget crisis?

Unfortunately, no.  By law, the District must use bond funds for construction and repair. It cannot be used to pay teachers or administrators, buy textbooks or offset general fund budget shortfalls. The Bond money must be used to improve our facilities and build new schools.

For more information, click here.


Since 1972, there have been at least 20 bills, propositions and court decisions that impact the funding and revenue streams of local school districts.  These have generally constrained LAUSD’s ability to raise funds independently of the State. For example, Proposition 13 limits property taxes to 1% of a property’s assessed value, and caps increases in assessed value at 2% annually of or the percentage growth in the Consumer Price Index, whichever was smaller. In addition, Proposition 13 requires that Parcel tax measures receive two-thirds voter approval. As part of Proposition 39 bond issues, the proceeds of which are usually limited to building programs, require a 55% vote for passage.

Click here  to read about the District’s efforts to raise money from private donors.