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Ltr2-09: K3CSR

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

November 19, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE ADVANCE APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
KINDERGARTEN AND GRADES ONE THROUGH THREE
CLASS SIZE REDUCTION PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $379,826,020, is made from funds provided in Item 6110-234-0001 of the Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1 of the Third Extraordinary Session and Chapter 1 of the Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009). In the absence of verified, final 2008-09 enrollment counts and in the interest of providing advance funding in a timely manner, this advance apportionment for each school district and charter school equals 25percent of its estimated (instead of final) fiscal year 2008-09 entitlement to funds. Specifically this advance payment is equal to 25 percent of the 2008-09 Total Provisional Apportionment which was based on estimated pupil enrollment counts submitted on the 2008-09 Operations Application. The 2009-10 funding rates remain the same as in 2008-09 at $1,071 per pupil for Option One (full day) classes and $535 per pupil for Option Two (half day) classes.

County superintendents of schools are requested to inform school districts and charter schools of this apportionment. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Kindergarten and Grades One through Three Class Size Reduction (K-3 CSR) Program Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/k3csr.asp. Direct-funded and locally funded charter schools that applied for the K-3 CSR Program on their own behalf are listed separately on the apportionment schedule. Funding for charter schools that did not apply on their own behalf is included in the authorizing entity’s entitlement if that entity included charter school enrollment data on its 2008-09 Operations Application and that charter school is still eligible to be included on its authorizing entity’s application. Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 1300, Class Size Reduction, Grades K-3, and Revenue Object Code 8434, Class Size Reduction, Grades K-3.

School districts and charter schools that submitted a 2008-09 FormJ-7CSR claiming funds for more classes than permitted by law, and have not mailed a signed and certified revision to the CDE as of Friday, November 13, 2009, are not receiving funds in this apportionment. These school districts and charter schools must ensure that a revised certified 2008-09 Form J-7CSR is received by CDE by December 4, 2009, in order to receive final 2008-09 funding in December and avoid having its 2008-09 funding recovered as an offset to its principal apportionment payment.

School districts and charter schools that intend to participate in the K-3 CSR Program must submit an Operations Application each year. In 2009-10, the Operations Application was capped by law to the number of classes applied for on the 2008-09 Operations Application, and was due to CDE by October 23, 2009. The estimated 2009-10 pupil enrollment counts submitted on the 2009-10 Operations Application will be used to calculate provisional funding (estimated entitlements) for school districts and charter schools. A payment based on these estimated entitlements will be made in February 2010.

School districts and charter schools that did not submit a 2009-10 Operations Application in compliance with the class count caps have until December 31, 2009, to revise their applications. Any school district or charter school that has not submitted a 2009-10 Operations Application consistent with the statutory class cap will have their advance apportionment recovered in February 2010.

Final entitlements for the 2009-10 K-3 CSR Program will be calculated and adjustments made to provisional funding after actual enrollment is reported on the 2009-10 Form J-7CSR to the CDE in May 2010. Details regarding the submission of the Form J-7CSR will be posted to the K-3 CSR Web page at a later date.

If you have any questions regarding the K-3 CSR program or this payment, please contact Rebecca Lee, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, at 916-324-4533 or by e-mail at relee@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

 

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

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