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Ltr2-08: TCBG

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

September 15, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE SECOND APPORTIONMENT FOR THE
TEACHER CREDENTIALING BLOCK GRANT
FISCAL YEARS 2008-09 AND 2009-10
(2009-10 AMOUNTS REVERTED FROM 2008-09)

This apportionment, in the amount of $45,483,935.52, is made from funds provided by Item 6110-244-0001, Teacher Credentialing Block Grant (TCBG) Program, of the Budget Act of 2008 (Chapters 268 and 269, Statutes of 2008) as amended by Senate Bill 4 of the Third Extraordinary Session (SBX3 4, Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009), and subdivision (f) of Section 5 of Assembly Bill 3 of the Fourth Extraordinary Session (ABX4 3, Chapter 3, Statutes of 2009). The funds may satisfy obligations incurred during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Because this program is one of the “flexed” programs, as described below, the funds may be used for any educational purpose.

County superintendents of schools are requested to immediately inform recipients of this apportionment. Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. To view the schedule of apportionment, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Categorical Programs Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/.

California Education Code Section 42605, added by SBX3 4, authorizes complete flexibility by a school district, county office of education, and charter school in the use of funds appropriated in the state budget for fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13 for numerous budget items, including the funds formerly restricted to the TCBG Program.

School districts, county offices of education, and charter schools may now use the funds formerly restricted to this program for any educational purpose. Program and funding requirements as otherwise provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language associated with the funding are not in effect. The funds are therefore unrestricted and should be accounted for as such. Despite the relatively late timing of SBX3 4, the legislation impacted the entire 2008-09 fiscal year; therefore, any funds allocated in previous 2008-09 apportionment(s) for this budget item are also unrestricted.

For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue. If you wish to continue to record activities related to these funds, for 2008-09 only, in Resource Code 7392 and Revenue Object Code 8590, please review the additional guidance provided in the CDE’s letter dated April 17, 2009, in the section entitled “Accounting Issues Unique to 2008-09” beginning on page 11. This letter contains in-depth guidance on accounting for the funds and balances made unrestricted pursuant to the flexibility provisions of SBX3 4, and is available on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/co/.

This second apportionment pays local educational agencies (LEAs) based on 2008-09 entitlements which were calculated using actual current year counts of participating first and second year teachers times the current year funding rate of $4,069. These amounts were then reduced pursuant to the provisions of Control Section 12.42 as added by SBX3 4.  Whereas the budget item was reduced by 15.4 percent, the amounts calculated and, hence, the per-teacher funding rate were reduced by only about 3.1 percent, because there were surplus funds in the budget item.

This apportionment reflects 100 percent of each LEA’s final 2008-09 TCBG entitlement, less funds apportioned in December 2008. Per the provisions of SEC 43 of SBX3 4, the cash apportioned is net of offsets to recover overpayments under the Teacher Credentialing Block Grant Regional Infrastructure Program that were the result of funding cuts enacted in SEC 34 of SBX3 4.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Christy Gunsolley, Associate Analyst, Administrative and Fiscal Services Office, at 916-323-5549 or by e-mail at cgunsoll@cde.ca.gov. If you have questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Marcie Gregory, Assistant Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Programs Unit, at 916-324-4537 or by e-mail at mgregory@cde.ca.gov [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 jbriggs@cde.ca.gov.]

Sincerely,

 

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

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