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Ltr1-09: Peer Assistance and Review

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

September 25, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR
THE CALIFORNIA PEER ASSISTANCE AND REVIEW PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10
(AMOUNTS REVERTED FROM FISCAL YEAR 2008-09)

This apportionment, in the amount of $5,067,793, is made from funds provided in subdivision (f) of Section 5 of Assembly Bill 3 of the 2009-10 Fourth Extraordinary Session, Chapter 3, Statutes of 2009 (ABX4 3), to be considered as payments for the program in Item 6110-193-0001, Schedule (2) - Instructional Support: Teacher Peer Review (the California Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers, CPAR), of the Budget Act of 2008, Chapters 268 and 269, Statutes of 2008, as amended by Senate Bill 4 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session, Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009 (SBX3 4). The funds may satisfy obligations incurred during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Because this program is one of the “flexed” programs, as described below, the funds may be used for any educational purpose.

This apportionment represents the final payment of 20 percent of the CPAR entitlement, equal to five percent of the October 2007 California Basic Educational Data System count of certificated classroom teachers, rounded up to a whole number, multiplied by a rate of $1,933.30 or $1,533.35, and the product proportionately reduced based on the 2008-09 budget reduction pursuant to SBX3 4. These rates reflect base funding of $1,311.49 plus bonus funding of $621.81 or $221.86, depending on which year the local educational agency (LEA) certified entrance into the CPAR program. The rates for LEAs having less than five certificated employees are a base funding of $61.06 plus the CPAR bonus amount of either $621.81 or $221.86 (funding also reduced proportionately for the 2008-09 budget reduction). To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.

California Education Code (EC) Section 42605, added by SBX3 4, authorizes complete flexibility by a school district, county office of education, and charter school in the use of funds appropriated in the state budget for fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-2013 for numerous budget items, including the funding formerly restricted to the CPAR program. School districts, county offices of education, and charter schools may now use the funds formerly restricted to this program for any educational purpose. Program and funding requirements as otherwise provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language associated with the funding are not in effect. The funds are therefore unrestricted and should be accounted for as such.

For an in-depth guidance on accounting for the funds and balances made unrestricted pursuant to the flexibility provision of SBX3 4, please refer to the April 17, 2009 CDE’s letter titled Fiscal Issues Relating to Budget Reductions and Flexibility Provisions, available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/co/.

For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

Charter schools that receive funding through the Charter School Categorical Block Grant, allocated as part of the principal apportionment, are not eligible to receive funds from the CPAR because it is included in the list of programs for which block grant funded charter schools may not apply separately, pursuant to EC Section 47633 et seq.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Shirley Burkett, Associate Government Program Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, at 916-323-1385 or by e-mail at sburkett@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & 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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