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Ltr1-07: Middle and High School Supp Counseling

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

December 21, 2007

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

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL
SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2007-08

This apportionment, in the amount of $152,463,527, is made from funds provided in Item 6110-108-0001 of the Budget Act of 2007 (Chapter 171, Statutes of 2007) in support of the Middle and High School Supplemental School Counseling program established pursuant to the California Education Code (EC), commencing with Section 52378.

The funds are to be used to provide additional counseling services to pupils in grades seven through twelve. The law requires participating school districts and charter schools to provide supplemental counseling services, as specified, through personnel who hold a valid pupil personnel services credential, and report annually to the California Department of Education (CDE) on the participation and success of the program.

For fiscal year 2007-08, some significant changes were made to the application and reporting processes for the Middle and High School Supplemental School Counseling program. Application for 2007-08 funding was required through the 2007-08 Consolidated Application, Part I. The due date for the 2007-08 Consolidated Application, Part I was June 30, 2007, however this date was extended to October 31, 2007, to all participating school districts or charter schools that submitted a revised application.

The school districts and direct-funded charter schools that participated in the program for 2006-07, as well as all participants in subsequent years, will submit a data report to the CDE through the Consolidated Application, Part II. This report is available on the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co and is due on January 31, 2008.

This apportionment represents 75 percent of the total estimated entitlement to funds for each school district and direct-funded charter school that submitted to the CDE by October 31, 2007, legal assurances, provided through the Consolidated Application, Part I, that it would meet the statutory requirements for the Middle and High School Supplemental School Counseling program. The estimated entitlement for each school district and direct-funded charter school is equal to its California Basic Educational Data System enrollment for grades seven through twelve times a rate of $68.56, with minimum funding levels of $5,227 for school sites with enrollment of 100 or fewer in grades seven through twelve, $10,453 for school sites with enrollment of 101 through 200 in grades seven through twelve, and $31,359 for school sites with enrollment of over 200 in grades seven through twelve. Due to provisional language in the Budget Act, the individual minimum funding levels cited in subdivision (a) of EC Section 52379 have been adjusted to reflect a cost-of-living adjustment of 4.53 percent.

School districts, district-authorized charter schools, and direct-funded charter schools authorized by county offices of education are eligible to receive funds from this program. Direct-funded charter schools applied individually, and we identify the amount for direct‑funded charter schools separate from the district or county amount. Locally-funded charter schools applied through their authorizing district, and the funding associated with the charter school is included in the district amount.

Warrants will be mailed to county treasurers approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 7080, Supplemental School Counseling Program, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue. County superintendents of schools are requested to inform school districts and direct-funded charter schools immediately of this apportionment. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the CDE Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Nancy Cook, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, at 916-324-4549 or by e-mail at ncook@cde.ca.gov [Note: the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistant Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at jbriggs@cde.ca.gov]. Questions concerning the program or expenditure of funds should be directed to the Counseling, Student Support, and Service-Learning Office, at 916-323-2183. Questions concerning reporting issues should be directed to Carolyn S. Mills, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, at 916-445-7746, or by e-mail at cmills@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

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

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