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Ltr2-10: Title VI, RLIS

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

May 18, 2012

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE SECOND APPORTIONMENT FOR TITLE VI
RURAL AND LOW-INCOME SCHOOLS PROGRAM
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001
FISCAL YEAR 2011–12

This apportionment, in the amount of $647,232, is made from federal funds provided to the state under Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) (Public Law [PL] 107-110), in support of the Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Program. Entitlements for eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) are based on each LEA’s 2009–10 second period average daily attendance, multiplied by $23.11. The amount apportioned reflects the second payment of the 2011–12 entitlement to LEAs that applied for Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 on the 2011–12 Consolidated Application, Part I. Allocations have been reduced for those LEAs that did not meet the federal maintenance of effort requirement, per Section 9521(b)(1) of the NCLB, as it affects the 2011–12 NCLB funding. This apportionment reflects the final payment of each participating LEA’s entitlement.

These funds are to be used to improve instruction and achievement for children in rural and low-income schools by supporting activities such as teacher recruitment and retention, teacher professional development, educational technology, parental involvement, or any activities authorized under Part A of Title I, Title III or the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program under Part A of Title IV (Section 6222[a] of PL107‑110).

Each state is required to review the annual assessment data for each LEA participating in the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) which consists of the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, including the REAP-Flex and SRSA grants components, and the RLIS Program. If an LEA is in Program Improvement after the third year of participation in any of these programs, then all REAP funds and applicable funding under REAP-Flex must be spent on activities that support the LEA’s Plan Addendum. If an LEA has participated in REAP for three years and has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for only the past year, all of the LEA’s REAP funds and any exercise of REAP‑Flex authority must be used to address the specific weaknesses that resulted in the LEA’s failure to make AYP.

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

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) award number for this program is S358B110005. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance subprogram number is 84.358B. This grant award is subject to the provisions of Title VI of ESEA, as applicable; the General Education Provisions Act; the Education Department General Administrative Regulations in Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 77, 79, 80-82, 85, and 97-99; and to 34 CFR Part 299. The funding is appropriated in Item 6110‑137-0890 of the Budget Act of 2011 (Chapter 33, Statutes of 2011). The California sub-allocation (pass‑through) number is Program Cost Account (PCA) 14356.

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 by the end of the federal funding period, July 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012, shall remain available for obligation for an additional period of 12 months, through September 30, 2013.

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:

California Department of Education
Cashier’s Office
P.O. Box 515006
Sacramento, CA 95851

To ensure proper posting of payments, please include the program’s PCA number (PCA 14356) and identify the payment as “Federal Interest Returned.”

The county superintendents of schools were notified of this apportionment by e-mail which was sent to their CDEfisc e-mail addresses. The California Department of Education (CDE) requested that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts and charter schools in the county, and included a link to the Categorical Programs Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/ where, under the program name, the letter and schedule for this apportionment are posted.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately three weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 4126, NCLB: Title VI, Part B, Rural & Low Income Schools Program, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Bob Storelli, Education Administrator I, School Turnaround Office, by phone at 916-319-0671 or by e-mail at bstorelli@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding the payment process, please contact Shannon Reel, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, by phone at 916-319-0323 or by e‑mail at sreel@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Services for Administration, Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure Branch

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