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Ltr1-09: Title II, Part A

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

December 4, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR
TITLE II, PART A, TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL TRAINING AND RECRUITING FUND
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001 (PL 107-110)
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $68,481,276, is made from federal funds provided to the State under Title II, Part A, 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). These funds are provided to local educational agencies (LEAs) to increase student academic achievement through strategies focused on recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers and principals.

This apportionment provides the first Title II, Part A payment for fiscal year 2009-10, made to LEAs that reported their cash balance for the program via the Cash Management Data Collection system (CMDC). The amount apportioned is equal to 25 percent of each LEA’s Title II, Part A entitlement minus the reported cash balance. CMDC was implemented by the California Department of Education (CDE) effective October 2009 in order to reduce the time elapsing between the receipt and disbursement of federal funds, pursuant to the cash management requirements under federal statute and regulations. More details on the CMDC are posted at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cm/.

The entitlement to each LEA is determined by first allocating a hold harmless amount equal to the LEA’s fiscal year 2001-02 entitlements under the former Eisenhower Professional Development and Title VI Federal Class-Size Reduction programs, two programs that were combined into the amended Title II program under NCLB. Any funds remaining after the hold harmless amounts are then allocated as follows: (a) 20 percent based on the number of individuals age 5 through 17, and (b) 80 percent based on the number of individuals age 5 through 17 from families with incomes below the poverty line. The entitlement amounts are reduced for LEAs that fail to meet the federal maintenance of effort requirement per ESEA Section 9521(b)(1), as it affects the 2009-10 NCLB funding.

Direct-funded charter schools must apply individually for this program. The amount of funding for these charter schools is identified separate from the district or county amount. All other charter schools must apply through their authorizing agency; the amount of funding associated with these charter schools is included in the district or county amount.

The United States Department of Education (ED) grant award number for this funding is S367A090005A. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.367 (Improving Teacher Quality State grants). This grant is subject to the provisions of Title II of the ESEA, as applicable, and the General Education Provisions Act. This grant is also subject to the regulations in Part 299 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the federal Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 76, 77, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

The funding is appropriated in Schedule (1) of Item 6110-195-0890 of the Budget Act of 2009 (Chapter 1, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), as amended by Assembly Bill 1 (Chapter1, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009). The California sub-allocation (pass-through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 14341.

Under the federal Tydings Amendment, Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. 1225(b), 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, up to September 30, 2011.

34 CFR Section 80.21(i) requires that any interest earned by LEAs on federal dollars be returned to the ED 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:

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 indicate the program’s PCA number (PCA 14341) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

Warrants will be mailed to county treasurers approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 4035, NCLB: Title II, Part A, Teacher Quality, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue. County superintendents of schools are requested to inform LEAs immediately of this apportionment.

To view the schedule of apportionment showing the list of school districts by county that generated each payment, please visit the California Department of Education Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Lynda Nichols, Lead Consultant, Curriculum Leadership Unit, at 916-323-5822 or by e-mail at lnichols@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding the payment process, please contact Karen Almquist, Categorical Allocations & Audit Resolution Office, at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

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

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