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Ltr2-07: Title I, Part A, Basic Grant

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

May 7, 2008

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE SECOND APPORTIONMENT FOR TITLE I, PART A, IMPROVING BASIC
PROGRAMS OPERATED BY LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES, OF THE
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001 (PL 107 110)
FISCAL YEAR 2007-08

This apportionment, in the amount of $621,130,142, is made from federal funds provided to the State under Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)  as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (PL 107‑110). This apportionment is made to local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic achievement purposes.

The amount apportioned to each LEA reflects payment of the second 40 percent of the total entitlement. LEAs that requested Title I, Part A Basic or Neglected funds on the 2007-08 Consolidated Application, Part 1, and that have a State Board of Education approved LEA Plan are included in this apportionment. Entitlement amounts were adjusted for new and significantly expanding charter schools, and for those LEAs failing to meet the federal maintenance of effort requirement for 2007-08 pursuant to Section 9521 of the ESEA and Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 299, Subpart D, Section299.5. The amounts paid to LEAs under this apportionment are listed on the schedule of apportionment posted on the California Department of Education Categorical Programs web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca.

The United States Department of Education (ED) award number for this apportionment is S010A070005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.010A. This grant award is subject to the provisions of Title I, as applicable, of the ESEA, and the General Education Provisions Act. This grant is also subject to the Title I regulations in Part 200 of Title 34 of the CFR and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in Parts 76 (except for 76.650‑76.662, Participation of Students Enrolled in Private Schools), 77, 80-82, and 85 of Title 34 of the CFR.

The funding is appropriated in Schedule (1) of Item 6110-136-0890 of the Budget Act of 2007 (Chapters 171 and 172, Statutes of 2007). The California sub-allocation (pass-through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 14329.

Under the federal Tydings Amendment, Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, any funds that are not obligated at the end of the federal funding period July 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, to September 30, 2009.

In order to comply with federal cash management requirements, LEAs must expend federal funds in a timely manner. Although the Tydings Amendment provides specific timelines governing the expenditure/encumbrance of program funds, federal guidelines discourage the release of additional funding to LEAs that have not spent the dollars previously apportioned. LEAs are therefore requested to minimize the time frame between receipt and expenditure of federal program funds.

Section 1127 of the ESEA allows LEAs to carry over no more than 15 percent of their Title I, Part A allocations for one additional fiscal year, unless they receive a waiver from the California Department of Education (CDE) or the total allocation is less than $50,000. CDE reviews the amount of Title I, Part A carryover funds for each LEA and issues an invoice to LEAs that exceed the carryover limit and do not receive a waiver.

Federal regulations in 34 CFR 80.21(i) requires that any interest earned by LEAs on federal dollars be returned to the ED if the amount is in excess of $100. LEAs should forward interest payments for remittance to the ED to:

Cashier’s Office
Fiscal and Administrative Services Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 2213
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

To ensure proper posting of payments, please include the program’s PCA number (PCA 14329) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 3010, NCLB: Title I, Part A, Basic Grants Low-Income and Neglected, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue. County superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform LEAs, including direct-funded charter schools, of this apportionment.

If you have any questions regarding the Title I program, please contact the Title I Policy and Partnerships Office at 916-319-0853. For questions concerning this apportionment, 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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