Dear County Superintendents of Schools:
Towards the end of February, county treasurers will receive a warrant that reflects state aid for elementary, high, and unified school districts; charter schools; and county offices of education for programs included in the 2013–14 First Principal (P-1) Apportionment. The California Department of Education (CDE) certified P-1 on February 20, 2014, pursuant to California Education Code Section 41332. The statewide total was $25,681,764,885.
This apportionment includes funding for 2013–14 as well as updated funding for the 2012–13 Annual Apportionment, the 2011–12 Annual R2 Apportionment, and adjustments to other prior-year apportionments, as necessary.
Assembly Bill 97 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2013), as amended by Senate Bill 91 (Chapter 49, Statutes of 2013) and Senate Bill 97 (Chapter 357, Statutes of 2013), established the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which represents a significant change in how California’s kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) local educational agencies (LEAs) are funded.
While the new funding formula became effective July 1, 2013, the CDE is still working to incorporate many of the LCFF provisions into its apportionment systems. Consequently, the P-1 Apportionment includes only minimal changes enacted by the 2013 Budget Act and LCFF implementing legislation. The CDE intends to calculate LEA funding using the new LCFF formula at the 2013–14 Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment, which will be certified on or before July 2, 2014. Because this apportionment is merely a means to continue allocating funds in accordance with Education Code (EC) Section 41332, it should not be used as a basis for budgeting. Actual funding allocations using the new LCFF formulas will differ from an LEA’s P-1 Apportionment.
The CDE has created a Local Control Funding Formula Web page (http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/) to share information related to LCFF; this site will be updated as more information on LCFF and the related Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) become available. Consistent with past practice, the CDE will also provide funding specific information electronically via the CDE’s PASE listserv. The listserv provides LEAs and other interested parties important information, such as notifications regarding LCFF updates, software releases, key deadlines, reminders of due dates for submission of data, and any other pertinent topics related to the Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education (PASE) and the Office of Charter Apportionments and District Reorganization. If you do not already belong to the PASE listserv and would like to subscribe, send a “blank” message to: email@example.com.
A summary of the calculations that the CDE used in the P-1 Apportionment is available as an attachment (http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/calc13p1.asp) to this letter. Both the letter and the attachment, as well as apportionment Excel files and selected exhibits that provide detailed funding amounts related to the P-1 Apportionment are available on the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/pa1314.asp. Additional exhibits for Special Education can be obtained under Allocations/Apportionments on the web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/se/. County superintendents of schools should advise school districts and charter schools immediately of this apportionment.
If you need assistance, or have any further questions, please contact the Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education or the Office of Charter Apportionments and District Reorganization by phone at 916-324-4541 or by e-mail at PASE@cde.ca.gov.
Elizabeth Dearstyne, Administrator
Office of the Principal Apportionment and
Caryn Moore, Administrator
Office of Charter Apportionments and