December 15, 2008
Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:
NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
TEACHER CREDENTIALING BLOCK GRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2008-09
This apportionment, in the amount of $60,609,962, is made from funds provided in Item 6110-244-0001 of the Budget Act of 2008 (Chapter 268 as amended by Chapter 269, Statutes of 2008) in support of the Teacher Credentialing Block Grant (TCBG), as established by in California Education Code (EC) Section 41520.
County superintendents of schools are requested to inform school districts and direct-funded charter schools, immediately of this apportionment. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Allocations Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.
The sole program included in the TCBG is the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program which provides support for beginning (first and second year) teachers. The BTSA statutes were not repealed with the enactment of the TCBG and remain effective in the EC, commencing with Section 44279.1.
The BTSA program is an initiative to provide formative assessment and individualized support, based on assessment information, to beginning (first and second year) teachers. The purpose of this program is to insure the professional success and retention of new teachers. This program is co-administered by the CDE and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Participating school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools are eligible to receive TCBG funds based on their number of eligible participants in each approved BTSA program. This apportionment pays each eligible local educational agency and direct-funded charter school 50 percent of its estimated entitlement which is calculated based on the prior year count of participating first and second year teachers times the current year funding rate of $4,069. The remaining funds will be allocated in spring 2009 based on the current year count of participating teachers times $4,069, less the amount paid in this apportionment. Warrants will be mailed to county treasurers approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 7392, Teacher Credentialing Block Grant, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.
If you have any questions regarding this apportionment amount or the TCBG program, please contact Christy Gunsolley, Associate Analyst, Administrative and Fiscal Services Office, at 916-323-5549 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the payment process, please contact
Janice Huarte, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, at 916-322-9128 or by e-mail at email@example.com [Note: the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Susan Lange, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch