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Ltr6-09: K-3 CSR

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

June 14, 2010

Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FINAL APPORTIONMENT (JUNE PAYMENT) FOR THE
KINDERGARTEN AND GRADES ONE THROUGH THREE
CLASS SIZE REDUCTION PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $366,231,530, 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).

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 the entity included charter school enrollment data in its Form J-7CSR. 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.

The apportionment for each school district or charter school is based on actual enrollment in participating classes as submitted on the Form J-7CSR, less any amounts received in the November 2009 and February 2010 Advance Apportionments. Funds are apportioned at $1,071 per pupil in an Option 1 class (full day), and at $535 per pupil in an Option 2 class (half day).

Upon receipt of this apportionment, school districts and charter schools will have received funds equal to 83 percent of their final entitlements. The remaining balance will be paid in July 2010 from the $570 million in funds deferred from 2009-10 to 2010-11 and appropriated in Section 38 of Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session, Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009. This apportionment also contains offsets to recover 2007-08 and 2008-09 K-3 CSR Program funds from school districts and charter schools that were overpaid. As a result of these offsets, the net payment is $365,480,600.

Some school districts and charter schools submitted their Form J-7CSR with errors that could not be processed. Those entities that did not submit a certified revision to the CDE by Wednesday, June 2, 2010, are not included in this apportionment. The affected school districts and charter schools must ensure that a revised certified 2009-10 Form J-7CSR is received by CDE in order to receive funding in the July payment and avoid having their 2009-10 funding recovered as an offset to their principal apportionment payment.

The Governor’s 2010-11 May Revision Budget proposes a $340 million reduction to the amount available to fund the 2009-10 K-3CSR Program. Because the proposal has not yet been enacted, the CDE is releasing this payment comprising the remainder of the 2009-10 funds. If the Governor’s reduction is approved, the CDE may need to recover 2009-10 funds by offsetting future apportionments of 2010-11 funds.

If you have any questions regarding the K-3 CSR Program or this apportionment, please contact Rebecca Lee, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone 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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