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CARS NewsFlash #38

NewsFlash #38 informs LEAs that the 2013 Fall Release has been postponed, identify the 2013 Winter Release key dates, a revised FAQ Web page, an EIA update, and a web document to clarify what is expected of LEAs that are part of a reorganization.

To:        Local Educational Agency (LEA) Staff

From:   Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) Project Team

Date:         September 11, 2013

Subject:    CARS Update FLASH #38

2013 Fall Release Postponed

The collection of the Title II and Title III 2011–12 final expenditure/obligation data is postponed until the 2013 Winter Release in an effort to reduce the reporting burden for LEAs. As a result, the following 2011-12 data collections will be included in the 2013 Winter Release:

2013 Winter Release – Key Dates

Do you feel all the changes in the air? We are not referring to the change from summer to autumn. In anticipation of changes to Economic Impact Aid (EIA), the federally approved Title I, Part A carryover waiver, and incorporating functionality to handle the waiver the U.S. Department of Education granted to the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) LEAs for 2013–14, we have already begun the development of the 2013 Winter Release data collections.

The data collections will be released on January 15, 2014, and will be due on February 28, 2014.

New CARS Frequently Asked Questions Web Page
Anne Daniels led an effort to go through our past newsflashes and (where appropriate) incorporate the content into a new Web page. We encourage you review this information on the California Department of Education (CDE) CARS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Web page.
Economic Impact Aid
We would like to highlight two EIA related questions from the CDE the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) FAQs Web page.

Q: Can EIA carryover funds be used for any educational purpose?

A: No, funds allocated as EIA must be used as originally purposed for English learners and educationally disadvantaged youth. The categorical intent continues to be in effect for funds previously allocated through the EIA program, pursuant to California Education Code sections 54000 et seq. [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml] and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 4200 [http://www.oal.ca.gov/ccr.htm].

Q: Are the data reported in the CARS and used in EIA allocation formulas now irrelevant?

A: No. Any current EIA funds carried forward will remain subject to the original requirements for the life of those funds.

If you have questions related to LCFF, please refer to the LCFF Web page, or contact the LCFF staff by phone at 916-324-4728 or by e-mail at LCFF@cde.ca.gov.

District Reorganizations

In June, we posted a new document that clarifies what is expected of LEAs that are part of a district reorganization on the CDE Consolidated Application (ConApp) Data Policies Web page.

Additional Information

Additional information about the CARS is available on the CDE CARS Web page.

If you have any further questions regarding CARS, please contact the ConApp Support Desk by e-mail at conappsupport@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   ConApp Support Desk | conappsupport@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0297
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