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Ltr1-07: MHCSR

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Phone number 916-319-0800

January 28, 2008

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
MORGAN-HART PROGRAM TO REDUCE CLASS SIZE IN GRADE NINE
FISCAL YEAR 2007-08

This apportionment, in the amount of $62,953,194, is made from funds provided by Item 6110-232-0001 of the Budget Act of 2007 (Chapter 171, Statutes of 2007) in support of the Morgan-Hart Program to Reduce Class Size in Grade Nine (California Education Code sections 52080 through 52090). Incentive funding is provided to participating local educational agencies (LEAs) to reduce class size to an average of 20 students to 1 teacher in grade nine English classes and one additional subject (mathematics, science, or social studies). This payment is based on 75 percent of each LEA’s prior year participation as reported on the fiscal year 2006-07 J-9MH-A, Report of Enrollment. Funding is calculated for each LEA at a rate of $213 per full-year equivalent enrollment.

Final funding will rely on data reported on the fiscal year 2007-08 J-9MH-A that will be available to LEAs in June 2008. Each participating LEA is required to submit a J-9MH-A to identify the actual full-year-equivalent enrollment for participating schools. In addition, the LEA must certify that each participating school has maintained an average of no more than 20 students to 1 teacher for participating classes. Once the J-9MH-A forms are processed, additional funds due to LEAs will be paid in a separate apportionment. Overpaid amounts will be invoiced to the LEAs.

Funding for the Morgan-Hart program is included in the charter school categorical block grant. Charter schools that are participating in the charter school funding model, therefore, will receive their Morgan-Hart funding as part of the categorical component of the charter school block grant which is allocated as part of the principal apportionment, and their enrollment is excluded from the data that generate Morgan-Hart funding. Charter schools that are not participating in the charter school block grant funding model will receive their Morgan-Hart program funding through their chartering agency.

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 1200, Class Size Reduction, Grade Nine, and Revenue Object Code 8435, Class Size Reduction, Grade Nine.

To view the schedule of apportionment showing the list of school districts by county that generated each payment, please visit the California Department of Education Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/. County superintendents of schools are requested to inform LEAs immediately about this apportionment.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact John Merris-Coots, Education Programs Consultant, High School Initiatives/Career Education Office, at 916-319-0461 or by e-mail at jmerris@cde.ca.gov. [The preceding contact is no longer valid, please contact Jerry Winthrop, e-mail: jwinthrop@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-319-0457.] If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Janice Huarte, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, at 916-322-9128 or by e-mail at jhuarte@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid.]

Sincerely,

 

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

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