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Ltr3-13: Title III, Immigrant Education

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

June 12, 2014

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE THIRD APPORTIONMENT FOR TITLE III,
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION, LANGUAGE ENHANCEMENT, AND
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001
FISCAL YEAR 2013–14

This apportionment, in the amount of $801,933, is made from federal funds provided to the state under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), in support of grants awarded to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) for supplementary programs and services to immigrant students. This apportionment provides payments to LEAs that reported their cash balance in April 2014 via the Cash Management Data Collection (CMDC) system and met other program requirements.

The CMDC was implemented by the California Department of Education (CDE) for Title III in order to reduce the time elapsing between the receipt and disbursement of federal funds, and adhere to the cash management requirements established in federal statute and regulations. More detailed information about the CMDC is posted at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cm/.

The amount paid to an LEA in this apportionment depends on whether it had amounts unpaid from its 2012–13 Title III, Immigrant entitlement as of the April 2014 cash reporting period, and whether the unpaid balance was greater or less than the amount owed. If an LEA had no unpaid 2012–13 entitlement, its payment in this apportionment is equal to 25 percent of its 2013–14 entitlement for Title III, Immigrant minus its reported cash balance for Title III, Immigrant, with a maximum payment equal to the unpaid balance of its 2013–14 entitlement. If an LEA had an unpaid 2012–13 entitlement, the amount owed is equal to 25 percent of its 2012–13 entitlement for Title III, Immigrant minus its reported cash balance. That amount owed up to the amount of the unpaid 2012–13 entitlement is being paid in a separate apportionment from 2012–13 funds. Any remaining amount owed after the 2012–13 payment is being paid in this apportionment from 2013–14 funds, with a maximum payment equal to the unpaid balance of the 2013–14 entitlement.

The 2013–14 entitlement for each LEA is equal to the number of immigrant students reported on the March 2012 Student National Origin Report multiplied by a rate of $93.32.

Direct-funded charter schools must apply individually for this program. The amount of funding for a direct-funded charter school is identified separate from the district or county amount. All other charter schools must apply through their authorizing agency; associated funding for these charter schools is included in the district or county amount.

The United States Department of Education (ED) grant award number for this funding is S365A130005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.365A (English Language Acquisition Grants). This grant award is subject to the provisions of Title III, Part A, of the ESEA, as applicable, and the General Education Provisions Act. This grant is also subject to the regulations in Part 299 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the federal Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 81, and 82.

The funding is appropriated in Schedule (2) of Item 6110-125-0890 of the Budget Act of 2013 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2013). The California sub-allocation (pass-through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 15146.

Under the federal Tydings Amendment, Section 421(B) of the General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. 1225(b), any funds that are not obligated at the end of the federal funding period, July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, through September 30, 2015.

Title 34 of the CFR, Section 80.21(i), also requires that any interest earned by LEAs on federal dollars be returned to the ED at least quarterly. LEAs may keep interest amounts up to $100 per year for administrative expenses. LEAs should forward interest payments for remittance to the ED to:

California Department of Education
Cashier’s Office
P.O. Box 515006
Sacramento, CA 95851

To ensure proper posting of payments, please include the program’s PCA number (PCA 15146) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately three weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 4201, NCLB: Title III, Immigrant Education Program, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue.

The county superintendents were notified of this apportionment by e-mail which was sent to their CDEfisc e-mail addresses. The CDE requested that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts and charter schools in the county, and included the links to this letter and the apportionment schedule which were posted on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Patty Stevens, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-323-5838 or by e-mail at pstevens@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding this apportionment or the payment process, please contact Karen Almquist, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-327-4406 or by e‑mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Services for Administration, Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure Branch

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