Ltr1-09: Quality Education Investment Act
March 9, 2010
Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:
NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10
This apportionment, in the amount of $335,701,922, is made from funds provided in Section 3 of Assembly Bill 56 (Chapter 31, Statutes of 2009-10, Third Extraordinary Session, ABx3 56) and in Section 5(f)(1) of Assembly Bill 3 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2009-10, Fourth Extraordinary Session, ABx4 3), as amended by ABx3 56. Funding is in support of the Quality Education Investment Act of 2006 (QEIA), established in California Education Code (EC) sections 52055.700 through 52055.770. This apportionment provides 90 percent of the fiscal year 2009-10 funding for the schools selected to participate in the program; the remaining ten percent will be paid in a later apportionment.
School districts and chartering authorities receiving these funds are those that applied to participate in the program, on behalf of their elementary, secondary, and charter schools that met the eligibility requirements pursuant to subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) of EC Section 52055.720, starting in fiscal year 2007-08, and that were approved for program participation by the State Board of Education in its May 2007 meeting. A school selected to participate in the first year of the program continues participating unless it is terminated pursuant to subdivision (c) of EC Section 52055.740, it declines to participate, or there is evidence of fraud or fiscal irregularities. Selected schools receive funding each year through their districts, beginning in 2007-08 and continuing through 2014-15. Annual funding for these fiscal years, except for fiscal year 2009-10, is provided by Senate Bill 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006), as amended by Assembly Bill 2 (Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009-10, Fourth Extraordinary Session, ABx4 2). Funding for fiscal year 2009-10 is provided by ABx4 3 and ABx3 56, as indicated above.
School districts and chartering authorities receiving funds on behalf of selected schools agreed to assurances and requirements provided in statute (Subdivision (a) of EC Section 52055.750). In addition, county superintendents of schools are required to annually review the schools in their county and the schools’ data for compliance with program requirements and timelines (EC Section 52055.740).
As provided in EC Section 52055.770, annual funding is equal to $500 per pupil enrolled in kindergarten and grades one to three, inclusive, $900 per pupil in grades four to eight, inclusive, and $1,000 per pupil in grades nine to twelve, inclusive. Total funding available for fiscal year 2009-10 is 0.10679 percent less than the total entitlement to the local educational agencies (LEAs); thus, the calculated entitlement to each LEA was reduced by that percentage. The pupil counts used to calculate the funding are the selected schools’ prior year enrollment as reported in the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS).
To view the schedule for this apportionment showing, by county, the payment to each school district and chartering authority, please visit the California Department of Education Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/qeia.asp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions concerning the payment process should be directed to Karen Almquist, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Susan Lange, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch