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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions related to funding credited to a school district for students served by a COE under LCFF.
  1. Which students served by a county office of education (COE) are included in the COE’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funding?

    Under LCFF, as part of the Alternative Education Grant, COEs will receive funding only for students that attend juvenile court schools operated by the COE (Education Code (EC) 2574(c)(4)(B)) and for students that attend other schools operated by the COE (referred to as County Funded Non-Juvenile Court School students), such as county community schools or special education classes and centers, who are enrolled pursuant to any of the following (EC 2574(c)(4)(A)):

    1. Probation-referred pursuant to Sections 300, 601, 602, and 654 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
    2. On probation or parole and not in attendance in a school.
    3. Expelled for any of the reasons specified in subdivisions (a) or (c) of EC Section 48915.

For additional information, refer to the county funding letter and attachment on CDE’s Web site.

  1. Which students served by a COE are included in the district of residence’s LCFF funding?

The funding for students who are served by the COE and for whom the funding is not included in the COE Alternative Education Grant is included in the LCFF funding of the student’s district of residence (referred to as District Funded County Program students) pursuant to EC 2576. This could include, for example, students attending County Community Schools or opportunity schools and classes that are not enrolled pursuant to the criteria listed in Question 1.

  1. Does the COE report the average daily attendance (ADA) for District Funded County Program students or does the district of residence?

The COE will report District Funded County Program ADA to the California Department of Education (CDE) by district of residence. The CDE will credit the ADA to the district of residence when it calculates the district’s LCFF funding.

  1. Does the COE report the enrollment and other data elements for District Funded County Program students, or does the district of residence?

The COE will continue to report the data for all students it serves in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). EC 2576 requires the enrollment and unduplicated pupil data for any student not funded under the COE Alternative Education Base Grant to be transferred to the district of residence only for LCFF funding purposes.

In 2013-14, as part of the Principal Apportionment Data Collection software, COEs will report the enrollment and unduplicated pupil data by district of residence for District Funded County Program students. Commencing in 2014-15, functionality will be built into CALPADS to transfer the enrollment and unduplicated pupil data for these students to the district of residence based on COE reporting of these students.

  1. Is there any information on how CALPADS plans to identify the District Funded County Program students by district of residence starting in 2014-15?

CALPADS Update Flash #86 is available on CDE’s Web site and provides a high level overview of the changes that will be made to CALPADS.

  1. Could a district’s percentage of unduplicated pupils used in the LCFF calculations be affected by students that the COE serves?

Yes, prior to calculating a district’s and COE’s unduplicated pupil percentages, the CDE will increase the district’s enrollment and unduplicated pupil counts for any District Funded County Program students and decrease the COE’s.

  1. Which students for whom funding used to be included in the County Revenue Limit, are now funded with the district of residence?

Homeless students enrolled in a County Community School pursuant to EC 1981 (d), students in opportunity schools and classes, and students enrolled in Specialized Secondary Schools that do not meet the requirements to be funded through the COE Alternative Education Grant, are now District Funded County Program students.

  1. Does the CDE apportion funds to the COE or to the district of residence for District Funded County Program students?

The CDE will apportion funds to the district of residence.

  1. Why did the CDE include a county office funds transfer in the certification of the 2013-14 First Principal (P-1) Apportionment?

Funding amounts provided in the P-1 Apportionment certification are not based on the LCFF formula. Because the changes for LCFF apportionments have not yet been made, the P-1 Apportionment maintains the transfer of revenue from the school district of residence to the COE equal to the 2012–13 Annual Apportionment transfer. The 2013-14 Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment will implement the new funding provisions of LCFF and the P-2 payment will reflect a substantial settle-up for the District Funded County Program students that will result in an increase to school district apportionments and a decrease to COE apportionments.

  1. How much does a district need to provide to the COE for pupils served by the COE but for whom the funding is credited to the district of residence?

Statute does not prescribe an amount. COEs and districts must make local arrangements for District Funded County Program students. 

  1. Is other funding, such as Lottery apportionments or special education (AB 602) apportionments, affected by the LCFF changes?

No, EC 2576 only requires the transfer of ADA, enrollment, and unduplicated pupil data for the purposes of the LCFF calculations.

  1. How should the funding for District Funded County Program students be accounted for in the Standardized Account Code Structure?

The CDE is still developing the accounting guidance.

  1. Will county program charters be funded under the county Alternative Education Grant or through the charter LCFF funding?

It depends on whether or not the student meets the conditions to be funded as part of the Alternative Education Grant. See the attachment for a table that shows how charters that operate county programs will be funded.

Questions:   PASE/CADR | pase@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-4541
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