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Ltr1-11: QEIA

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 11, 2011

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
QUALITY EDUCATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2006
FISCAL YEAR 2011-12

This apportionment, in the amount of $298,193,400, is made from funds provided in Senate Bill (SB) 1133 (Chapter 751, Statutes of 2006). 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 90 percent of the 2011-12 entitlements.

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). Funding for fiscal year 2009-10 was provided by Assembly Bill (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’ 2010 enrollment as reported in the California Basic Educational Data System.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately three 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.

Letters of apportionment from the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) School Fiscal Services Division are no longer 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 contained 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, as well as entitlements for local educational agencies that are not being paid in this apportionment. The CDE requested that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts and charter schools in the county.

If you have any questions regarding this program or apportionment, please contact Bob Storelli, Education Programs Consultant, School Turnaround Office, by phone at 916-319-0482 or by e‑mail at Bstorelli@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding this apportionment or the payment process, please contact Karen Almquist, Assistant Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch

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