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Ltr1-13: Mandate Block Grant

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

November 8, 2013

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT
FOR THE MANDATE BLOCK GRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2013–14

This apportionment, in the amount of $206,383,876, is made from funds provided by Item 6110-296-0001 of the Budget Act of 2013 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2013). This apportionment is made to all local educational agencies (LEAs) that submitted an application to participate in the Mandate Block Grant (MBG) for fiscal year 2013–14 and reflects 100 percent of each LEA’s 2013–14 MBG entitlement.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 17581.6, as amended by Assembly Bill 86 (Chapter 48, Statutes of 2013), LEAs make an annual choice to receive MBG funds for the mandated activities specified in GC Section 17581.6(e). A school district or county office of education that receives MBG funding for fiscal year 2013–14 is not eligible to submit a reimbursement claim to the State Controller (pursuant to GC Section 17560) for the mandated activities identified in GC Section 17581.6(e) for the same fiscal year. However, if the mandated program is not suspended or specifically identified in GC Section 17581.6(e), a mandate reimbursement claim may be filed with the State Controller’s Office for fiscal year 2013–14.

Based on GC Section 17581.6 and the 2013–14 Budget Act, the following programs are not included in the 2013–14 MBG and are identified as reimbursable for costs incurred in fiscal year 2013–14. However, funds must be appropriated for these mandate programs before any reimbursement claims can be paid and these active mandated programs do not currently have an appropriation to support payment of any claims.

Current Programs

Program Name

Program Number

Charter School IV

337

Public Contracts

335

Developer Fees

333

Teacher Incentive Program

252

Open Meetings Act/Brown Act Reform

218

New Programs

Program Name

Program Number

Behavioral Intervention Plans

349

Williams Case Implementation I, II, and III

351

Parental Involvement Programs

350

Uniform Complaint Procedures

346

California Public Records Act

354

Funding for the MBG is based on average daily attendance (ADA) as of the 2012–13 Second Principal Apportionment (P-2) for Grades K–8 and Grades 9–12. The 2013–14 funding rates for each grade span are set forth in Item 6110-296-001 of the Budget Act as follows:

LEA

2012–13 P-2 ADA

Amount per ADA1

County Offices of Education (COE)

Grades K–8

$28

COE

Grades 9–12

$56

COE

Countywide2

$1

School Districts

Grades K–8

$28

School Districts

Grades 9–12

$56

Charter Schools

Grades K–8

$14

Charter Schools

Grades 9–12

$42

1 Rate is per unit of average daily attendance calculated as of the 201213 P-2 Apportionment

2 Countywide ADA is defined as the aggregate number of units of average daily attendance within the county attributable to all school districts for which the county superintendent of schools has jurisdiction pursuant to Section 1253 of the California Education Code, charter schools within the county, and the schools operated by the county superintendent of schools

The schedule of apportionment for the MBG shows each participating LEA’s 2012–13 P-2 ADA by grade span that was used in the calculation of 2013–14 MBG funding, as well as the total 2013–14 apportionment amount. Direct-funded and locally-funded charter schools that applied for the MBG are listed separately on the apportionment schedule. Apportionments for direct-funded charter schools will be issued to the charter school and apportionments for locally-funded charter schools will be included in the payment issued to the authorizing agency.

The MBG funds are unrestricted. Mandated programs and activities covered by the MBG are subject to review in the overall annual compliance audit per California Education Code Section 41020.  Compliance with mandate requirements will be enforced through corrective action; LEAs will not forfeit funds as a result of audit findings. 

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately two weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8550, Mandated Cost Reimbursements.

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 all school districts and charter schools in the county, and included the links to this letter and the apportionment schedule which are posted under “Mandate Block Grant Funding 2013 Results” on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/mandatebg.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at jbriggs@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

 

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

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