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Ltr3-09: Title VI, RLIS

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

July 20, 2010

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE THIRD APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
TITLE VI – RURAL AND LOW-INCOME SCHOOLS PROGRAM, OF
THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001 (PL 107-110)
FISCAL YEAR 2009-10

This apportionment, in the amount of $218,806, 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 (NCLB) Act of 2001 (PL 107-110), in support of the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program. Grants awarded to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) are based on each LEA’s 2007‑08 second period average daily attendance, multiplied by $27.42. This apportionment pays the remaining 20 percent 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 projects, or parental involvement activities (Section 6222(a) of PL 107-110).

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. After the third year of participation in any of these programs, if an LEA is in Program Improvement, all REAP funds and applicable funding under REAP-Flex must be spent on activities that support the district’s LEA 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 S358B090005. 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 2009 (Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009, Third Extraordinary Session, as amended by Chapter 1, Statutes of 2009, Fourth Extraordinary Session). 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, 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. 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.”

Beginning in fiscal year 2010-11, letters of apportionment from the California Department of Education’s (CDE) School Fiscal Services Division will no longer be mailed to the county superintendents of schools. Instead, county superintendents will be notified of each apportionment by e-mail. Accordingly, the CDE has sent an e-mail to each county superintendent, addressed to the county’s CDEfisc e-mail address, to inform him or her of this apportionment. The e-mail contained a link to the CDE 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. The CDE requested that the e-mail be forwarded to all school districts in the county.

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 4126, NCLB: Title VI, Part B, Rural & Low Income School Program, and Revenue Object Code 8290, All Other Federal Revenue.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Robert Storelli, Program Consultant, Regional Coordination and Support Office, by phone at 916-319-0482 or by e-mail at bstorelli@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding the payment process, please contact Karen Almquist, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, by phone at 916-327-4406 or by e-mail at kalmquis@cde.ca.gov [Note: the preceding information has been replaced by Shannon Reel, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-319-0323 or by e-mail at sreel@cde.ca.gov.]

Sincerely,

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

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