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Ltr2-10: New CS Supplemental Categ Block Grant

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

July 29, 2011

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE SECOND APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
NEW CHARTER SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL CATEGORICAL BLOCK GRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2010–11

This apportionment, in the amount of $3,795,555, is made from funds provided in Provision 2 of Item 6110-488-0001 of the Budget Act of 2010 (Charter 712, Statutes of 2010). Funding is provided to new charter schools that began operation in the 2008–09, 2009–10, or 2010–11 fiscal years, and may be used for any educational purpose.

The amount paid in this apportionment reflects 100 percent of each local educational agency’s (LEA) final New Charter School Supplemental Categorical Block Grant entitlement, less funds previously apportioned. Entitlements were calculated for each new charter school that began operation in the 2008–09, 2009–10, or 2010–11 fiscal year at a rate of $127 per unit of charter school average daily attendance (ADA) at the 2010–11 second principal apportionment. An exception is that locally funded charter schools that converted from a preexisting school between the 2008–09 and 2010–11 fiscal years are not eligible for funding.

The schedule of apportionment identifies the amount for direct-funded charter schools separate from the district or county amount. Funding associated with all locally funded charter schools is included in the district or county amount. A detailed list providing each school level entitlement is also posted on the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Categorical Programs Web site. Please note that the entitlement amounts described above may differ from those posted for the first apportionment. The earlier amounts were based on charter school ADA at the 2010–11 first principal apportionment, used as estimates to calculate preliminary entitlements.

A charter school that receives funding pursuant to this grant shall not receive additional funding for programs specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of the Education Code Section 42605, with the exception of the program funded pursuant to Item 6110-211-0001 of Section 2.00 of the annual Budget Act (Charter School Categorical Block Grant).

Beginning in fiscal year 2010–11, letters of apportionment from the CDE’s School Fiscal Services Division are no longer being mailed to the county superintendents of schools. Instead, county superintendents will be notified of each apportionment by e-mail. Accordingly, the CDE has sent an e-mail to each county superintendent, addressed to the county’s CDEfisc e-mail address, to inform him or her of this apportionment. The e-mail contains a link to the CDE Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/, where under the program name New Charter School Supplemental Categorical Block Grant, the letter and schedule for this apportionment is posted. The CDE requests that the e-mail be forwarded to all LEAs in the county, including direct funded charter schools, to immediately inform them of this apportionment.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer within approximately three weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Thi Huynh, Fiscal Consultant, Office of Charter Apportionments and District Reorganization, by phone at 916-324-4555 or by e-mail at thuynh@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,




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

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