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Ltr-08: RSLBT

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

December 14, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
READER SERVICES FOR LEGALLY BLIND TEACHERS PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2008-09

This apportionment, in the amount of $340,173, is made from funds provided in Schedule (3) of Item 6110-193-0001, Reader Services for Legally Blind Teachers, of the Budget Act of 2008 (Chapters 268 and 269, Statutes of 2008, as amended by Chapter 12 of the Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009). Because this program is one of the “flexed” programs as described below, the funds may be used for any educational purpose.

County superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform recipients of this apportionment. Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer and to the California School for the Blind (Fremont) approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Programs Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

California Education Code (EC) Section 42605 authorizes complete flexibility by a school district, county office of education, and charter school in the use of funds appropriated in the state budget for fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13 for numerous budget items, including the funds for the Reader Services for Legally Blind Teachers Program which were previously allocated as unrestricted. EC Section 42605 also provided that funds for the programs made flexible be allocated in 2009-10 through 2012-13 based on the relative share that each local educational agency (LEA) received of funds allocated for the 2008-09 fiscal year. In July 2009, EC Section 42605 was amended to change the base year for the Reader Services for Legally Blind Teachers Program and seven other programs from 2008-09 to 2007-08.

This apportionment provides 100 percent of each LEA’s entitlement to 2008-09 funds for the Reader Services for Legally Blind Teachers Program. These entitlements were calculated based on the relative share that each LEA received of 2007-08 program funds, then reduced to reflect the approximate15.4 percent reduction in funding that was enacted in Control Section 12.42 of the Budget Act of 2008.

If you have questions regarding the calculation of 2008-09 entitlements or the payment process, please contact Janice Huarte, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone at 916-322-9128 or by e-mail at jhuarte@cde.ca.gov [Note: the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Tonya Holmes, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6028 or by e-mail at tholmes@cde.ca.gov.]

Sincerely,

 

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

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