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Ltr2a-08: Title I, Part A

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

April 2, 2009

NOTICE OF APPORTIONMENT TO REALLOCATE FISCAL YEAR
2007-08 FUNDS 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 2008-09

This apportionment, in the amount of $6,253,000, 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 provides the total entitlement for select local educational agencies (LEAs) from the Title I, Part A funds reallocated from the fiscal year 2007-08 funding. These LEAs have one or more Program Improvement (PI) schools, and the number of their formula count children increased over a certain level from the prior year. Priority for funding are first to students enrolled in PI schools, followed by students enrolled in Title I schools. The funds are to provide supplementary academic support and educational services to students who are failing, or most at-risk of failing, to meet the state standards in core academic subjects.

Section 1126(c) of NCLB requires that unused or excess Title I funds be made available to LEAs that need additional Title I funds in accordance with criteria established by the state educational agency (SEA) and approved by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The California Department of Education (CDE) has determined that funds identified for Title I reallocation be used in schools to implement policies, practices and strategies grounded in scientifically based research that are most likely to help low performing students to reach proficiency in reading, mathematics and science in accordance with requirements of Title I, Part A.

Allowable uses of the reallocated funds are the same as those for funds originally apportioned under Title I, Part A. Generally, they can be used to fund activities identified in a school’s single plan for student achievement (SPSA). These activities include purchasing of state approved instructional materials and engaging in professional development focused on data driven decision-making and targeted at the content areas most relevant to student performance.

The funds apportioned are from the 2007-08 federal grant award. They represent funds not allocated in 2007-08 because the LEAs for which they were reserved chose not to participate in the Title I, Part A program or failed to meet the program eligibility requirements. They are available for obligation until September 30, 2009; funds not obligated by that date will be returned to CDE.

Reallocated Title I funds may fluctuate from year to year; LEAs receiving funds in one year may not necessarily receive funds in the following year.

The amounts paid under this apportionment are listed on the schedule of apportionment posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.

If an LEA uses the reallocated funds for district wide instructional programs, professional development, or parent involvement activities, it must provide equitable services to eligible private school students, teachers, and parents. If the LEA uses the reallocation to provide services for a specific purpose or population for which equitable services are not required, such as homeless children, children in institutions for neglected students, preschool children, or PI schools, the equitable services requirements do not apply.

The United States Department of Education (ED) award number for this apportionment is S010A070005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.010 (Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies). The funding is appropriated in Schedule (9) of Item 6110-134-0890 of the Budget Act of 2008 (Chapter 268, Statutes of 2008), as amended by Assembly Bill 88 (Chapter 269, Statutes of 2008). The California sub-allocation (pass-through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 14981.

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. This grant is also subject to the Title I regulations in Part 200 of Title 34 of the CFR, to the General Provisions in 34 CFR Part 299, and to 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, 80-82, 85, and 86. Regulations regarding Participation of Eligible Children in Private Schools are found in 34 CFR sections 200.62 - 200.67.

Title 34 of the CFR, Section 80.21(i), requires that any interest earned by LEAs on federal dollars be returned to the ED. LEAs may keep interest amounts up to $100 per year for administrative expenses. 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 14981) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

Warrants will be mailed to select county treasurers 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 notify their LEAs receiving this apportionment.

If you have any questions regarding reallocated funds, please contact Martin Miller at 916-324-3455 or by email at MaMiller@cde.ca.gov. 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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