Date: June 5, 2004
Dear County and District Superintendents, and Charter School Administrators of eligible schools:
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce incentive funding available under Assembly Bill (AB) 2117: English Language Learner Acquisition and Development Pilot Program for eligible local educational agencies (LEA)s to support or expand successful existing programs that serve the academic needs of English learners (EL)s to learn standards-aligned academic content and acquire proficiency in the English language.
AB 2117 provides a total of $20 million for the purpose of this pilot to be implemented over a three-year term (2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10). The intent of the pilot project is not to compare the effectiveness of instructional methods for ELs, but rather to identify the existing practices within the LEAs that demonstrate success for EL students in achieving English proficiency regardless of instructional setting.
The bill authorizes an LEA (i.e. district, county office of education or direct-funded charter) to apply for grant funds to support or expand existing promising practices in place at eligible schools within its jurisdiction. Additionally, the program allows county offices of education to apply as a consortium on behalf of multiple eligible schools across multiple districts. Eligible schools with a promising practice must meet all of the following specific prerequisite requirements for data thresholds in order to apply for grant funds:
Note: Program Improvement schools in Years 4 and beyond are not eligible to apply for grant funds.
A full list of schools that qualify to apply for grant funds will be posted on the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r12/ellpp07rfa.asp.
LEAs wishing to apply on behalf of their eligible school(s) must submit the intent to apply for grant funds and a completed application in accordance with the terms specified in the Request for Application (RFA). The intent to apply form must be submitted on or before 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2007, by fax to 916 323-2833, pursuant to the instructions on the form. Failure to submit the letter of intent will result in an LEA’s forfeit of the right to apply for grant funds.
Applicants must submit an original and three copies of the application to:
Phil Lafontaine, Division Director
Professional Development and Curriculum Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814
Applications must be received on or before Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Faxed, e-mailed or late applications will not be accepted. Applications received after Tuesday, July 31, 2007, will not be considered.
Selected LEAs will receive $200 per EL student per year based upon the availability of funding. In order to receive funding, selected LEAs shall agree to all assurances and specifications of the RFA including, but not limited to:
Selected LEAs will be notified of grant award, thereby initiating the funding process. The grant is awarded for a three-year period commencing in 2007-08 and ending in 2009-10. If you have any questions regarding program issues, please contact Lidia Renteria, Education Programs Consultant, Professional Development Unit, at 916- 323-5846 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding fiscal issues, please contact Patty Stevens, Analyst, Professional Development Unit, at 916-323-5838 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Anthony Monreal, Deputy Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction Branch