April 9, 2008
Dear County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators:
The California Department of Education (CDE) has recently received many inquiries regarding the status of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plans that were approved in July 2003 for a five-year period. Even though a letter regarding this issue was mailed on June 5, 2007, the CDE feels it is beneficial to reissue the information.
The original LEA Plan template was designed as a five-year plan, which was the expected duration of the current authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Although Congress is holding hearings on reauthorization, it is impossible to predict when this will actually happen.
Until the law is officially reauthorized and any new requirements for a local plan are made evident, LEAs will not be required to submit a new LEA Plan to the State Board of Education for approval. However, LEAs have been advised since July of 2003 that it is necessary to annually review and update the LEA Plan. Any revisions should be approved by the local school board and kept on file with the original plan. In the event your LEA is selected for an on-site Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) visit, you will be required to produce these documents as evidence of compliance. Please note that any requirements for LEAs in Program Improvement (PI) take precedence over this guidance.
While the template has essentially remained the same as the template used in 2003, a few minor edits have been made for the sake of clarifying what information should be provided in the plan. We also revised the accompanying guidance, which serves as an introduction to the template. The new guidance serves to better align the process for developing and revising the LEA Plan with that of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and to reflect practices that should result in a more useful and dynamic document and, ultimately, increased student achievement.
The CDE has also created a template that includes all required elements of both the LEA Plan and the SPSA in one document for use by single-school districts, which includes direct-funded charters. While the use of this template is optional for these agencies, its use and correct completion will ensure the elements required by both plans are addressed. Both templates can be downloaded from the Local Educational Agency Plan Guidelines Web page.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact
Cheryl Tiner, Assistant Consultant, District and School Improvement Division, at 916-319-0414 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org [Note: the preceding contact information has been replaced with Rena M. Carlson, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Improvement and Accountability Division, with the phone number 916-319-0243 and e-mail address email@example.com].