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Ltr2-08: QEIA County Oversight

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

May 27, 2009

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

NOTICE OF THE SECOND APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
COUNTY OVERSIGHT RELATED TO THE
QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2008-09

This apportionment, in the amount of $400,002, is made from funds provided by Senate Bill (SB) 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006) in support of county oversight activities associated with the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 (QEIA), reflected in California Education Code (EC) sections 52055.700 through 52055.770. For more information regarding the QEIA program and its requirements please refer to the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/lp/qe/.

This apportionment provides funds for county office of education oversight, in 2008-09, of traditional and charter schools participating in the QEIA program and meeting QEIA requirements. Pursuant to SB 1133, the formula for allocating these funds is similar to the formula for allocating funds in support of county oversight activities related to the Eliezer Williams, et al. v. State of California, et al. (Williams) settlement.

Consistent with the Williams county oversight allocation method, established in EC Section 1242, county offices of education receive $2,500 per participating elementary school, $3,500 per participating middle or junior high school, and $5,000 per participating high school for QEIA oversight activities. Additional funding is provided for participating schools whose October 2007 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) enrollment exceeds certain thresholds, as follows:

  • $2.50 for each pupil that exceeds a total elementary school enrollment of 856 pupils.
  • $3.50 for each pupil that exceeds a total middle or junior high school enrollment of 1,427 pupils.
  • $5.00 for each pupil that exceeds a total high school enrollment of 2,296 pupils.

County offices of education that are responsible for visiting more than 36 participating schools also receive 71 cents per enrolled pupil at those schools, based on October 2007 CBEDS enrollment.

Overall, each county office of education will receive no less than $10,000.

This apportionment represents the final 20 percent for each participating county office of education that applied for funds. A previous payment of 80 percent was released in October 2008. To view the schedule for this apportionment showing the payment to each county office of education, please visit the Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/qeia.asp.

Senate Bill 4 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session (SBX3 4) (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009) enacts numerous significant changes to law, which include funding reductions to certain Kindergarten through Grade Twelve education programs and, to mitigate the effects of these reductions, unprecedented budgeting flexibility to local educational agencies. The Quality Education Investment Act program is not among the state programs that were accorded flexibility in the use of funds pursuant to sections 15 and 42 of SBX3 4. For more information on the bill’s flexibility provisions and guidance on related fiscal and accounting issues, please refer to the California Department of Education’s letter of April 17, 2009, titled Fiscal Issues Relating to Budget Reductions and Flexibility Provisions, available on the Web at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/co/.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 7400, Quality Education Investment Act, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

If you have any questions regarding this program or apportionment, please contact Jim Alford, Education Programs Consultant, Regional Coordination and Support Office, at 916-319-0226 or by e‑mail at jalford@cde.ca.gov. Questions concerning the payment process should be directed to Nancy Cook, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, at 916-324-4549 or by e-mail at ncook@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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