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Ltr2-07: Middle & High School Supp Counseling

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

May 19, 2008

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

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

This apportionment, in the amount of $50,804,049, 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, school districts and direct-funded charters were required to apply for funds 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, were required to submit a data report to the CDE through the Consolidated Application, Part II due on January 31, 2008.

This apportionment represents the remaining balance of the initial 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 non-charter school sites with enrollment of 100 or fewer in grades seven through twelve, $10,453 for non-charter school sites with enrollment of 101 through 200 in grades seven through twelve, and $31,359 for non-charter school sites with enrollment of over 200 in grades seven through twelve. These minimum funding levels are provided under subdivision (a) of EC Section 52379, as adjusted to reflect a cost-of-living adjustment of 4.53 percent for 2007-08 pursuant to the Budget Act of 2007.

Direct-funded charter schools applied individually, and their amounts were calculated separate from the district amount. Locally funded charter schools applied through their authorizing districts, and the funding associated with these schools is included in the district amounts.

Warrants will be mailed to county treasurers approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) 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 the program or expenditure of funds, please contact Joshua Brady, Education Programs Consultant at the Counseling, Student Support, and Service-Learning Office, at 916-319-0206 or by e-mail at jbrady@cde.ca.gov [Note: the preceding contact information is no longer valid]. For questions concerning reporting issues, please contact Carolyn S. Mills, Education Programs Consultant at the Educational Options Office, at 916-445-7746, or by e‑mail at cmills@cde.ca.gov. For questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Nancy Cook, Staff Services Manager at the Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, at 916-323-1314 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 Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at jbriggs@cde.ca.gov.]

Sincerely,

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

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