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Instructional Materials Acquisitions

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

March 14, 2012

Dear County and District Superintendents:


The purpose of this letter is to inform you of recent changes in California law pertaining to the use of Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program (IMFRP) funds.

On October 8, 2011, the Governor signed Senate Bill 509 (Chapter 629, Statutes of 2011), which amended California Education Code Section 1240.3. This amendment allows school districts to purchase the newest adopted instructional materials for pupils in all of the neediest schools in the school district. Neediest schools are defined as schools ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, of the base Academic Performance Index (API) in any one of the past three school years. The school district may purchase new materials without incurring a duty to purchase these materials for pupils in the schools ranked in API deciles 4 to 10. The new law makes considerations for those schools that do not have at least one year of valid API ranking. Please review the text of this law to determine how it may affect your school district and the opportunities it may provide. The chaptered text of SB 509 is available on the California Legislative Information SB 509 Web page at

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact David Almquist, Education Programs Consultant, Instructional Materials Unit, by phone at 916-319-0444 or by e-mail at


Tom Torlakson


cc: The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California
The Honorable Curren D. Price, Jr., California State Senate

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