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Ltr1-09: ARRA, Title I, Part D

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

April 30, 2010

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND
REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 (ARRA), FOR TITLE I, PART D, SUBPART 2, OF THE
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT OF 1965
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $10,792,886, is made from federal funds provided to the State under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Public Law (PL) 111-5), designated for Title I, Part D, Subpart 2, Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk Youth, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) (PL 107-110). ARRA funding for the Title I program is in addition to the regular Title I federal appropriation, intended to provide assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools that have high concentration of students from families that live in poverty in order to help improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State standards. The additional funding is designed to enable LEAs not only to serve more students beyond those currently served but also to help boost the quality of the services provided.

Total ARRA funding for the Title I program is $1.124 billion. Fifty percent of this amount ($562.5 million) was awarded to the State in April 2009 and was appropriated in the California Budget Act, as amended, for fiscal year 2008-09. The other 50 percent was awarded in August 2009, and was appropriated in the Budget Act for fiscal year 2009-10. After mandated set-asides, the total amount available for allocation to LEAs is $540.0 million for each of these fiscal years. For fiscal year 2009-10, $526.5 million is for Title I, Part A, and $13.5 million is for Title I, Part D.

The amount apportioned reflects payment of 80 percent of the 2009-10 portion of the revised ARRA Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 entitlement to LEAs that applied for Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 funds on the 2009 10 Consolidated Application, Part 1, that have a State Board of Education (SBE) approved LEA Plan. This apportionment is made to LEAs to provide programs that serve children and youth who are in locally operated correctional facilities or are attending community day programs for delinquent children and youth, and to provide assistance to children and youth who are neglected or at-risk of dropping out of school.

Funding for this program is appropriated under Item 6110-134-0890, Schedule (5), of the Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009, Third Extraordinary Session, as amended by Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009, Fourth Extraordinary Session).

Eligibility

An LEA is eligible for Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 ARRA funding if it returned the Annual Survey of Local Institutions for Neglected or Delinquent Children by the deadline of December 12, 2008 and reported the population of children in residence at Institutions for Delinquent Children.

In addition, the LEA must elect to participate in the Title I, Part D program for FY 2009-10, as indicated in the Consolidated Application (ConApp) for 2009-10 due to the CDE in June 2009, and have a State Board of Education approved LEA Plan.

Use of Funds

These funds must be used consistent with the Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 statutory and regulatory requirements. Uses should be aligned with the core goals of the ARRA to save and create jobs and to advance reforms consistent with the requirements of Title I.

Federal guidance notes that ARRA funds are one time and will likely not be available at the same level, if at all, beyond September 30, 2011. Use of funds on short-term investments with potential long-term benefits is encouraged.

Reporting

Pursuant to Section 1512 of ARRA, LEAs will submit quarterly reports that cover cumulative activities from the beginning of the grant period. It is anticipated that the fourth report will cover the quarter ending June 30, 2010. At a minimum, grantees should anticipate reporting: (1) the total amounts of ARRA funds received; (2)amounts of ARRA grant funds expended on or obligated to projects or activities; (3) the name, description, and evaluation of the project or activity’s completion status; (4) an estimate of the number of jobs that were saved or created with the ARRA funds; and (5) for infrastructure investments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale for funding the investment and the name and contact information of the person to contact regarding the project. Reporting guidelines from the Office of Management and Budget and the ED are available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ar/rr/index.asp.(Section 1512(c) and (f) of the ARRA).

Grant Award, Other Information

The United States Department of Education (ED) award number for this apportionment is S389A090005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.389A, Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Recovery Act.

This grant award is subject to the provisions of Title I and Title IX of the ESEA, as applicable, and the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). This grant is also subject to the Title I regulations in Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 200, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 76 (except for 76.650‑76.662, Participation of Students Enrolled in Private Schools), 77, 80, 81, 82, and 85. Regulations regarding Participation of Eligible Children in Private Schools are found in 34 CFR sections 200.62 - 200.67.

Under the federal Tydings Amendment, Section 421(b) of GEPA, any funds that are not obligated at the end of the federal funding period, July 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, to September 30, 2011.

Title 34 of the CFR, Section 80.21(i), requires that any interest earned by LEAs on federal dollars be returned to the ED promptly, but at least quarterly. LEAs may keep interest amounts up to $100 per year for administrative expenses. LEAs should forward interest payments for remittance to the ED to:

California Department of Education
Cashiers Office
P.O. Box 515006
Sacramento, CA 95851

To ensure proper posting of payments, please include the program’s PCA number (PCA 15009) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

Warrants will be mailed to select county treasurers approximately two weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 3026, NCLB: ARRA Title I, Part D, Local Delinquent Programs, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue. Select county superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform their LEAs, including direct-funded charter schools, of this apportionment.

Each recipient and subrecipient awarded funds made available under the ARRA must promptly refer to the ED’s Office of Inspector General any credible evidence that a principal officer, employee, agent, contractor, subrecipient, subcontractor, or other person has submitted a false claim under the False Claims Act or has committed a criminal or civil violation of laws pertaining to fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, gratuity, or similar misconduct involving those funds. Information about the Office of Inspector General Hotline is available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html.

Questions and Choosing to Not Participate

If you have any questions regarding the Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 program, please contact Jeff Breshears, Education Programs Consultant, Accountability and Partnerships Office at 916-319-0946. For questions concerning this apportionment, or to choose to not participate in the ARRA Title I, Part D, Subpart 2  program, please contact Leslie Sharp, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, at 916-323-4977 or by e-mail at lsharp@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

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

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