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Ltr-09: CAHSEEIIS

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 9, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMINATION
INTENSIVE INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $58,186,525, is made from funds provided in Item 6110-204-0001, California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Intensive Instruction and Services, of the Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009, Third Extraordinary Session) as amended by Assembly Bill 1 of the Fourth Extraordinary Session (Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009).

County superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform school districts and direct-funded charter schools of this apportionment. Warrants will be mailed to county treasurers approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Programs Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/. On the schedule we identify the amount for direct-funded charter schools separate from the district or county amount. All other charter schools applied through their authorizing agency, and funding associated with the charter school is included in the district or county amount.

California Education Code (EC) Section 42605, added by Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009), authorizes complete flexibility by a school district, county office of education, and charter school in the use of funds appropriated in the state budget for fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13 for numerous budget items, including the funds formerly restricted to the CAHSEE Intensive Instruction and Services program. School districts, county offices of education and direct-funded charter schools may now use the funds formerly restricted to this program for any educational purpose. Program and funding requirements as otherwise provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language associated with the funding are not in effect. The funds are therefore unrestricted and should be accounted for as such. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, CAHSEE Intensive Instruction and Services, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

The amount paid in this apportionment reflects 100 percent of each local educational agency’s (LEA’s) total entitlement to funds for CAHSEE Intensive Instruction and Services in 2009-10. Pursuant to EC 42605, entitlements were calculated based on the same relative proportion of funds that each LEA received in 2008-09 for CAHSEE Intensive Instruction and Services, then reduced to reflect the funding reduction in Control Section 12.42 of the Budget Act. Control Section 12.42 reduced the amount of funding in the 2009-10 budget item by 19.8 percent (and the 2008-09 budget item by 15.4 percent). Accordingly, the funding that LEAs are receiving in 2009-10 is 5.3 percent below the funding received for 2008-09.

LEAs that elect to continue to use CAHSEE Intensive Instruction and Services funds to provide intensive instruction and services to pupils who have failed one or both parts of the CAHSEE can find helpful resources on the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp. Additional questions about CAHSEE services may be directed to the California High School Exit Examination Office, at 916-445-9449. If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Wendi McCaskill, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocation and Audit Resolution Unit, at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at wmccaskill@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid.]

Sincerely,

 

Susan Lange, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch

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