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Class Size Reduction - K-3

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The K-3 CSR Program provides funds to school districts and charter schools that reduce one or more classes to 20 pupils or fewer per certificated teacher. Reduced funding is also available for classes that exceed 20 pupils, as specified in Education Code (EC) Section 52124.3. Classes must be reduced based on the following grade-level priority: first grade, second grade, then third grade or kindergarten or both.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Not applicable
Other Eligibility Considerations The following do not qualify for funding: county offices of education (except county-operated charter schools), home schools, distance learning programs, and independent study programs/pupils. In fiscal years 2009-10 through 2013-14 the program is closed to participants that did not apply for 2008-09 funds.
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority EC sections 52120-52128.5; Sec. 40 of Chapter 724, Statutes of 2010; Sec. 58 of Chapter 7, Statutes of 2011.
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2011-12
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 1300 / 8434
Total Available Unavailable
Recipient Amount See allocation formula.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula School districts and charter schools (applying independent of their sponsoring entities) are paid per participating pupil in K-3 CSR eligible classes ($1,071 per pupil in Option 1; $535 per pupil in Option 2).

Important Dates

Date Application Available August 3, 2011
Due Date September 28, 2011
Expected Notification Date February 25, 2012

Additional Information

Application Forms and Instructions []
Background Grades K-3 Class Size Reduction []
Fiscal Class Size Reduction-Grade K-3 []
Funding ResultsRes-11: K-3 Class Size Reduction []
Other Participants must reapply each year. The statutory deadline to submit an application is 90 days after the Budget Act is chaptered. Class sizes are computed based on the average daily enrollment in each class, and with the exception of small school districts (EC Section 52122(h)) and classes claimed for reduced funding (EC Section 52124.3), cannot exceed 20.44 pupils. Staff development training is required. This program is included in the annual independent audit.


Program Rebecca Lee, 916-324-4533,
Fiscal Rebecca Lee, 916-324-4533,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-327-0538 (phone), 916-327-4873 (fax)
Last Modified: August 15, 2011

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