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Ltr-07: ELLADPP Cover Letter

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Phone number 916-319-0800

Date: June 5, 2004

Dear County and District Superintendents, and Charter School Administrators of eligible schools:

ASSEMBLY BILL 2117 (COTO) (CHAPTER 561, STATUTES OF 2006)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT PILOT PROGRAM

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.

Background

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.

Eligible Applicants

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:

  • Have significant EL subgroup for accountability purposes
  • Met the Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objective (AMAO)1 target for 2005-06
  • Have a minimum of 10 percent EL population
  • Met the EL Subgroup Academic Performance Index (API) target for 2005-06

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.

Application

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.

Funding

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:

  • Participate in the full term of the pilot project (2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10)
  • Participate in the evaluation, data collection, and reporting requirements [California Education Code Section 420 (e)]
  • Provide $200 per English language learner per year as matching funds for the $200 in state funds
Grant Award Notification

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 lrenteria@cde.ca.gov.

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 pstevens@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Anthony Monreal, Deputy Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction Branch

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