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

July 2, 2010

Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF DEFERRED APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2010-11
(AMOUNTS DEFERRED FROM FISCAL YEAR 2009-10)

This apportionment, in the amount of $35,681,689, is made to school districts from funds provided in Section 38(a)(8) of Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session, Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009 (SBX3 4), School Safety Block Grant. Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice.

Beginning in fiscal year 2010-11, letters of apportionment from the California Department of Education’s (CDE) School Fiscal Services Division will no longer be 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. The CDE requested that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts in the county.

California Education Code 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 formerly restricted to this program. School districts may now use the funds formerly restricted to this program for any educational purpose. Program and funding requirements as otherwise provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language associated with the funding are not in effect. The funds are therefore unrestricted and should be accounted for as such. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

Each school district’s 2009-10 School Safety Block Grant entitlement was calculated based on the same relative proportion of funds that each school district received for the 2008-09 School Safety Block Grant Program. Funding for the 2009-10 program entitlements comes from two sources, as follows: (1) $41,206,000 from Item
6110-228-0001, as reduced by Control Section 12.42, of the Budget Act of 2009; and (2) $38,720,000 in funds deferred from 2009-10 to 2010-11 and appropriated in
Section 38(a)(8) of SBX3 4. This apportionment provides to each school district the portion of the School Safety Block Grant funding that was deferred from fiscal year 2009-10 to 2010-11.

Section 37 of Assembly Bill 2 of the Fourth Extraordinary Session (ABX4 2) requires that categorical funding allocations to basic aid school districts in fiscal year 2010-11 be reduced by the lesser of: (1) the district’s 2009-10 total revenue limit subject to the deficit factor, calculated as of the 2009-10 certified second principal apportionment, multiplied by 5.81 percent or (2) the amount of the district’s excess taxes. In implementation of ABX4 2, we have reduced the amount paid to basic aid districts in this apportionment. The amounts reduced are shown on the schedule of apportionment.

The apportionment reduction for basic aid school districts applies to fiscal year 2010-11 only and their entitlement to funds in subsequent years for this program will not be affected. To view the list of basic aid districts and the total amount to be reduced from their 2010-11 categorical funding allocations, please go to the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/documents/basicaidcut2010.xls.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Christina Schlueter, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance, by phone at 916-324-9806 or by e-mail at cschlueter@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Janet Finley, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-5091 or by e-mail at jfinley@cde.ca.gov.].

Sincerely,

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

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