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Gifted and Talented Education (Flexible Funds)

Funding Description

Funding for this program is unrestricted pursuant to SBX3 4 (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009), enacted February 2009. For additional information, please refer to the Action on 2008 and 2009 Budget Acts Web page.

Before 2008-09, the funds were restricted to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, which allocated funds to school districts and county offices of education (local educational agencies). The GATE program supports unique opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving students in public elementary and secondary schools in California who are identified as gifted and talented. Special efforts must be made to include students from economically disadvantaged and varying cultural backgrounds.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Local educational agencies (LEAs) that received funding in 2008-09 are eligible for funds.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Education Code Section 42605. Funds appropriated in item 6110-124-0001 of the Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session) as amended by ABX4 1 (Chapter 1 of the 2009-10 Fourth Extraordinary Session), and in Sec. 38 of SBX3 4 (Chpater 12, Statutes of 2009).
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2009-10
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 0000 / 8590
Total Available $44,222,000
Recipient Amount See allocation formula.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Of the total $44,222,000 funding available, $39,928,000 is available in 2009-10 and $4,294,000 is deferred until 2010-11.

Funding for this program from fiscal years 2009-10 through 2012-13 will be based on 2008-09 funding levels. LEAs will receive the same percentage of the available funding as they received from the allocated funds in 2008-09.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date February 20, 2010

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background GATE Program Information []
Fiscal Principal Apportionments []
Flexibility Action on the 2008 and 2009 Budget Acts
Other The funding for this program is now flexible pursuant to Education Code Section 42605. LEAs may utilize all of their program funds to provide services for the program or they may use all or part of their program funds for other educational purposes and/or other categorical programs.

Funds are paid through the Principal Apportionment. Principal Apportionment amounts are calculated three times for each fiscal year: The First Principal (P-1) is certified by February 20th, the Second Principal Apportionment (P-2) is certified by July 2nd, and the Annual calculation is certified by February 20th of the following year (at the same time as the following year's P-1 certification).


Program George Olive, 916-323-8901,
Fiscal Linda Graves, 916-324-4551,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-324-4541 (phone), 916-322-5102 (fax)
Last Modified: January 12, 2010
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