June 21, 2012
Dear Consolidated Programs Directors, Consolidated Programs Cooperative Directors, and Administrators of Direct-Funded Charter Schools:
This letter provides information related to the completion of the 2012-13 Consolidated Application (ConApp) for Funding Categorical Aid Programs, Spring Release, and highlights the most notable changes in the ConApp and its categorical programs. This year, in order to accommodate the late release and the fact that many local boards will not meet during the summer, we will allow the LEAs to choose one of three due dates for the Spring release documents that require board approval:
One caveat applies, if the CDE finds something questionable when extracting data for the State Board of Education (SBE) item, the LEA’s application may be postponed for inclusion in a SBE item at a later date.
The data collections in the Spring 2012 release are as follows:
Per the U.S. Code, Title 20, Section 1232f(a) [http://us-code.vlex.com/vid/sec-records-19195084] Web page each recipient of Federal funds under any applicable program through any grant, subgrant, cooperative agreement, loan, or other arrangement shall keep records which fully disclose the amount and disposition by the recipient of those funds, the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, the share of that cost provided from other sources, and such other records as will facilitate an effective financial or programmatic audit.
The recipient shall maintain such records for three years after the completion of the activity for which the funds are used. The Secretary and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly authorized representatives, shall have access, for the purpose of audit examination, to any records maintained by a recipient that may be related, or pertinent to, grants, subgrants, cooperative agreements, loans, or other arrangements to which reference is made in subsection (a) of this section, or which may relate to the compliance of the recipient with any requirement of an applicable program.
The LEAs, including direct-funded charter schools, may review a funding profile for each program on the CDE ConApp [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co/ap/conapp-programs.asp] Web page. Each funding profile contains a brief description of the program, eligibility criteria, funding information and the CDE contacts for additional program or fiscal information.
Section 15 of SBX3 4 (California Education Code (EC) Section 42605) authorizes complete flexibility in the use of funds appropriated in 39 budget act items. For 2008-09 through 2012-13, school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools may use funds from these 39 items for any educational purpose. The funds are therefore unrestricted; program or funding requirements, as otherwise provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language associated with the funding, are not in effect. The following five programs from the ConApp are specifically listed in the flexibility provision:
Since these programs are specifically listed in the flexibility provision, there is no need for LEAs to apply for funding or report the results of these programs. The legal assurances for these programs have been removed from the ConApp since the LEA may use these funds for any educational purpose. The LEAs will automatically receive funding if they participated previously in these programs. More information on the flexibility provisions can be found on the Flexibility Provisions [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/co/budgetflex.asp] Web page.
Legal assurances for programs funded through the ConApp are located on the CDE ConApp [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co/ca12rfa.asp] Web page. In the event an LEA cannot agree to specific assurances as a condition for receiving funds and operating programs, the issues must be identified and resolved prior to the submission of the ConApp.
As a condition of receiving federal funds from the ConApp, each LEA, including direct-funded charter schools and county offices of education, must have an approved LEA Plan. The ConApp is the annual fiscal companion to the LEA Plan.
The State Board of Education approves initial LEA plans and subsequent ConApp submissions. LEAs must have an approved LEA Plan, including any required Plan Addenda, and a ConApp, before federal funds can be apportioned to LEAs. Additional information about the LEA Plan is located at the CDE LEA Plan [http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/le/] Web page.
All LEAs are required by federal law to periodically review and, as necessary, revise its LEA Plan. CDE defines this as, at minimum, an annual review and update.
All LEAs that receive Title III funds and any LEA that receives Title I funds and is in Program Improvement Corrective Action, must certify on its ConApp that its LEA Plan, including any Addenda to the Plan, is current and provide the local online Web address for the LEA Plan.
For questions about the LEA Plan or the status of your LEA Plan, please contact either Cheryl Tiner, Assistant Education Programs Consultant, District and School Improvement Division by phone, at 916-319-0414 or by e-mail at email@example.com; or Laura Wagner, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Liaison, District and School Improvement Division, by phone at 916-319-0789 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct funded charters must annually submit the Certification of Assurances (which certifies the charter is complying with applicable provisions in the Legal Assurances [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co/ca12asstoc.asp] Web page). If the charter receives funding from any ESEA program, the charter must also annually submit the Protected Prayer Certification.
Charter schools may not apply for Economic Impact Aid if they receive funding for the Charter School Categorical Block Grant EC Section 47634.4. Charter schools receive an amount in-lieu of Economic Impact Aid funding as a component of the block grant.
The 2012-13 Title I, Part A Nonprofit Private School Participation data entry screen continues to list private schools and non-public, non-sectarian schools to which consultation must be offered under federal mandate. The instructions detail how to make adjustments to the private school list. The guidance document provides support regarding the ESEA mandate for private school consultation.
Administrative costs include both direct and indirect costs. Administrative costs are any costs, indirect or direct, that are administrative in nature and support the management of a program (California School Accounting Manual Procedure 915).
Costs must be necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient performance and administration of Federal awards (Appendix A subsection C.1(a) and C.2(a) of 2 CFR part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments, please refer to the OMB Circular A-87 [http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a087_2004 [http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a087_2004] Web page).
For LEAs that consolidate administrative funds, the maximum amount available for administrative costs is what is reasonable and necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the programs provided that the LEA budgets and expends at least 85 percent of the grant amounts at school sites for direct services to pupils (California School Accounting Manual Procedure (CSAM)780, available at the CDE CSAM http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/ac/sa/documents/csam2011complete.pdf] Web page).
The following documents can be found on the ConApp Request for Applications [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co/ca12rfa.asp] Web page:
The CARS User Guide, available on the CDE CARS [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/co/documents/ca12userguidever1.doc] Web page, should answer your questions on how to access, complete, and submit your ConApp. If you require additional assistance related to the CARS after reviewing the guide, please contact the ConApp Support Desk, at 916-319-0297 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Keric Ashley, Director
District, School and Innovation Branch
Educational Data Management Division