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Ltr1-10: Quality Education Investment Act

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

October 29, 2010

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2010-11

This apportionment, in the amount of $278,097,560, is made from funds provided in Senate Bill (SB) 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006), as amended by Assembly Bill 2 (Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009-10, Fourth Extraordinary Session, ABX4 2). 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 a payment for the schools selected to participate in the QEIA program equal to 75 percent of the 2009-10 entitlements, used as estimates pending calculation of the final entitlements for 2010-11.

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 SB 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006), as amended by ABX4 2. Funding for fiscal year 2009-10 was provided by AB 3 (Chapter 3, statutes of 2009-10, Fourth Extraordinary Session), and AB 56 (Chapter 31, statutes of 2009-10, Third Extraordinary Session).

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 through three, inclusive, $900 per pupil in grades four through eight, inclusive, and $1,000 per pupil in grades nine through twelve, inclusive. The pupil counts used to calculate the funding are the selected schools’ 2009 enrollment as reported in the California Basic Educational Data System. The final 2010-11 entitlements will be calculated once certified enrollment data for October 2009 become available.

Beginning in fiscal year 2010-11, letters of apportionment from the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 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 page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/ where, under the program name, the letter and schedule for this apportionment are posted. The CDE requests that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts in the county.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure 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, by phone at 916-319-0226 or by e-mail at jalford@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Bob Storelli, Education Programs Consultant, Regional Coordination and Support Office, by phone at 916-319-0482 or by e-mail at bstorelli@cde.ca.gov.] Questions concerning the payment process should be directed to Karen Almquist, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, by phone at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

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

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