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Ltr-09: TIIBG

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

July 16, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE DEFERRAL APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
TARGETED INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENT BLOCK GRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10
(AMOUNTS DEFERRED FROM FISCAL YEAR 2008-09)

This apportionment, in the amount of $100,059,231, is made from funds provided in Section 34(a)(10) of Assembly Bill (AB) 519 (Chapter 757, Statutes of 2008), Targeted Instructional Improvement Block Grant (TIIBG).

County superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform recipients of this apportionment. Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer 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/.

California Education Code Section 42605, added by Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session, Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009 (SBX3 4), 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 the TIIBG Program. School districts, county offices of education, and charter schools 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 2008-09 TIIBG entitlement is equal to the amount of funding received in 2007-08, decreased by 0.52 percent for the rate of decline in statewide average daily attendance, then further reduced by approximately 15.4 percent pursuant to the requirements in Section 34 of SBX3 4. Funding for the 2008-09 program entitlements comes from two sources, as follows: (1) $805,437,000 from Item 6110-246-0001 in the Budget Act of 2008 after the reductions imposed by Section 34 of SBX3 4; and (2) $100,118,000 in funds deferred from 2008-09 to 2009-10 and appropriated in AB 519. This apportionment provides to each school district the portion of the TIIBG funding that was deferred from fiscal year 2008-09 to 2009-10, except for Los Angeles Unified School District, Westside Union Elementary School District, Rialto Unified School District, and Oceanside Unified School District. SEC 43 of SBX 3 4 allows the CDE to recover any overpayment due to the cuts in the categorical flexible fund programs by offsetting. This apportionment allocates all of the deferred funds less $58,760 for the recovery of overpayment for the Teacher Credentialing Block Grant for the four districts listed.

By the time SBX3 4 was enacted in February 2009, the CDE had allocated all of the TIIBG funds that were appropriated in the budget act. The SBX3 4 cut was to be calculated on the combined funds from the budget act and deferred funds sources, and the cut was to be recovered only from the budget act source, leaving intact school districts’ allocations from the deferred funds source. Thus, this apportionment allocates all of the deferred funds and beginning in May 2009, the CDE began the process of recovering overpayments of TIIBG funds from the budget act source. For more information on TIIBG and other categorical fund recoveries, please visit the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/recovery08.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Christina Schlueter, Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, 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 Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at jbriggs@cde.ca.gov.].

Sincerely,

 

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

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