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School District Revenue Limit

Funding Description

Under California's school finance system, most general-purpose education funding is apportioned to school districts through a calculation called the "revenue limit". Each school district has a revenue limit funding amount per unit of average daily attendance (ADA). A district's total revenue limit is funded through a combination of local property taxes and state General Fund aid. In effect, the State makes up the difference between property tax revenues and the total revenue limit funding for each district. Revenue limits are funded through the California Department of Education Principal Apportionment process.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Not applicable
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority California Education Code sections 42238-42245, 42280-42289.6, 45023.1, and 45023.4
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2011-12
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 0000 / 8011
Total Available Unavailable
Recipient Amount See allocation formula
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula The first step in the calculation of each district's Revenue Limit funding is the calculation of their Base Revenue Limit amount. This amount is equal to their prior year Base Revenue Limit amount increased by the applicable cost-of-living increase (Elementary, High, or Unified amount). This amount is then multiplied by the district's "funded" ADA which is equal to the greater of current year or prior year second period ADA. For certain school districts a portion of the revenue limit is generated by a Necessary Small Schools allowance.

Several adjustments may be made to the revenue limit funding to include additional funding such as Unemployment Insurance Program funding. Also, other adjustments to the revenue limit funding are made for various purposes including the recapture of savings related to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) employer contribution rate.

The revenue limit for each school district will be reduced by 19.754 percent.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date February 17, 2012

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Unavailable
Fiscal Principal Apportionments []
Other Principal Apportionment amounts are calculated three times for each fiscal year: The First Principal Apportionment (P-1) is certified by February 17th, 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 Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education, 916-324-4541,
Fiscal Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education, 916-324-4541,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-324-4541 (phone), 916-322-5102 (fax)
Last Modified: August 4, 2011

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