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Ltr1-10: County Oversight - QEIA

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 COUNTY OVERSIGHT
RELATED TO THE QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2010-11

This apportionment, in the amount of $1,439,090, is made from funds provided in 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 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 to county offices of education (COEs) in support of county oversight activities associated with the QEIA program equal to 75 percent of the 2009-10 entitlements, used as estimates pending calculation of the final entitlements for 2010-11.

Pursuant to EC Section 52055.770(i)(1), the formula for allocating these funds is similar to that for allocating funds to COEs in support of county oversight activities required under the Williams v. California settlement agreement. Consistent with that formula, established in EC Section 1242, COEs 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. They also receive additional funding for participating schools whose October 2009 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.

Overall, each COE will receive no less than $10,000.

EC Section 52055.770(i) provides that not more than $2,000,000 will be provided to COEs for this program. 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 (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, 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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