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Ltr2-11: K-3 CSR

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

September 28, 2011

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE ADVANCE APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
KINDERGARTEN
AND GRADES ONE THROUGH THREE
CLASS SIZE REDUCTION PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR
2011-12

This apportionment, in the amount of $328,705,115, is made from funds provided in Section 58 of Chapter 7, Statutes of 2011. The advance apportionment calculated for each school district or charter school equals 25 percent of the fiscal year 2010-11 pupil enrollment counts submitted on the Form J‑7CSR, multiplied by the fiscal year 2011-12 rates of $1,071 per pupil for Option One (full day) and $535 per pupil for Option Two (half‑day), as provided by California Education Code (EC) Section 52126(g)(1).

The county superintendents of schools were notified of this apportionment by e-mail which was sent to their CDEfisc
e-mail addresses. The California Department of Education (CDE) requested that the e-mail be forwarded to the school districts and charter schools in the county, and included the link to this letter and the apportionment schedule which are posted on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/k3csr.asp under fiscal year 2011-12.

Direct-funded and locally funded charter schools that applied for the Kindergarten and Grades One through Three Class Size Reduction (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 2010-11 Form J-7 CSR and that charter school is still eligible to be included on its authorizing entity’s application.

Senate Bill (SB) 70 requires that 2011-12 categorical funding allocations to school districts that were basic aid in fiscal year 2010-11 be reduced by the lesser of: (1) the district’s 2010‑11 total revenue limit subject to the deficit factor, calculated as of the 2010-11 certified second principal apportionment, multiplied by 8.92 percent or (2) the amount of the district’s excess taxes. In implementation of SB 70, we have reduced the amount paid to basic aid districts in this apportionment. The apportionment reduction for basic aid school districts applies to fiscal year 2011-12 only and their entitlement to funds in subsequent years for these programs will not be affected. To view the list of basic aid districts and the total amount to be reduced from their 2011-12 categorical funding allocations, please go to the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/documents/basicaidcut2011.xls.

This apportionment also includes recoveries for 2010-11 overpayments to school districts based on submission of final claim forms. As a result of these recoveries, the net current apportionment is $328,631,912. 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.

All school districts and charter schools intending to continue the K-3 CSR Program must submit an Operations Application each year. If a school district or charter school fails to submit a fiscal year 2011-12 application by the statutory deadline of September 28, 2011 (postmarked), eligibility for K-3 CSR Program funding for fiscal year 2011-12 is forfeited and the amount processed in this advance apportionment will be recovered. The amount shall be deducted from the school district’s or charter school’s next monthly principal apportionment payment after the application deadline, as provided by EC Section 52126(g)(2).

The estimated 2011‑12 pupil enrollment counts submitted on the 2011-12 Operations Application will be used to calculate provisional funding (estimated entitlements) for school districts and charter schools. A payment of 55 percent of these estimated entitlements less the amounts paid in this advance apportionment will be made in February 2012.

Final entitlements for the 2011-12 K-3 CSR Program will be calculated and adjustments made to provisional funding after actual enrollment is reported on the 2011-12 Form J‑7CSR to the CDE in May 2012. The final apportionment (or recovery) will be paid in July 2012. 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, by phone at 916‑324‑4533 or by e-mail at relee@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch

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