February 28, 2012
This letter briefly addresses the obligations of local educational agencies (LEAs) in California as it pertains to the establishment of district advisory councils and committees, along with their respective roles in the development and approval of the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS), formerly the Consolidated Application, for specified categorical funds.
School districts receiving Economic Impact Aid (EIA)/State Compensatory Education (SCE) are required to establish a district advisory committee (DAC) and a school advisory committee (SAC) for the purpose of advising districts and schools regarding compensatory education programs. A school may designate a school site council established pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 52852 to function as the school advisory council.
Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 4423 sets forth the obligation of LEAs that receive SCE funds to establish a DAC. Section 4423 states:
Each participating school district shall establish a district advisory council and shall also establish a school advisory council at each participating school. Advisory councils established pursuant to this article shall comply with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I, law and regulations pertaining to advisory councils. These councils shall include broad representation of the parent population served by this district or school respectively including socio-economic and ethnic groups represented in the district or school attendance area.
LEAs required to establish a DAC as a result of receiving SCE funds must comply with EC Section 54425, which states:
DACs are required to certify that the LEA’s CARS for specified categorical funds, including, but not limited to school-based coordinated categorical programs, compensatory education programs, and EIA programs, was developed with review and advice from those committees. In its pertinent part, EC Section 64001(a) states:
The consolidated application shall also include certifications by appropriate district advisory committees that the application was developed with review and advice of those committees.
Given the statutory and regulatory functions and obligations of the DAC, it must be considered an “appropriate advisory committee” for purpose of reviewing and advising districts on the development of CARS when such application includes an application for SCE funds.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Jeanette Ganahl, Education Administrator I, Title I Monitoring and Support Office, by phone at 916-319-0324 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Swenson, Director
Improvement and Accountability Division
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