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ESEA LEP and Immigrant Student Subgrant Program

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
April 21, 2014

Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title III, Part A, the California Department of Education (CDE) provides formula subgrant awards to local educational agencies (LEAs) for Limited English Proficient (LEP)and Immigrant students. Title III funds are to be used to provide supplementary programs and services to LEP and immigrant students. This message is to inform you of changes and expectations with regard to Title III LEP and Immigrant Student Subgrant participation beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2014–15.

Eligibility criteria for Title III, LEP and Immigrant remain the same as previous years.

LEAs are eligible to receive LEP funding directly if their total entitlement is $10,000 or greater. If the total entitlement is under $10,000, then the LEA may still be eligible for funds by applying through the consortium process.

Effective in the 2014–15 grant year, Title III eligibility determinations will be calculated using the most current data collected and certified on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Eligibility lists will be available as soon as the LEP and Immigrant data are finalized. In past years, the Title III program used data from two years prior to fund LEAs.
In prior years, only Title III direct funded eligible LEAs indicated on the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) “Application for Funding” report, their interest in applying for the current year funds for both Title III LEP and Immigrant. LEAs could also apply as consortia directly to the Title III program office if they did not meet the minimum threshold. Starting in FY 2014–15, all LEAs will be able to apply for Title III LEP and Immigrant funds on the CARS “Application for Funding” page regardless of eligibility. This process will mirror the application for Title I, Part A and Title II, Part A. LEAs who are not eligible to receive direct funding will be contacted separately so that they may consider applying for Title III funds through the separate consortium process. CARS will no longer collect the Title III, “Proposed Obligations Report.” However, an updated annual budget is required within the LEA Plan.

LEAs who participate in the Title III, LEP or Title III, Immigrant program are required to update their LEA Plans annually (ESEA, Title III, Part A, Section 3114). The annual LEA Plan update must include a budget. As part of the CARS “Certificate of Assurance” page, the CDE is requiring that LEAs provide a direct link (URL) to their posted updated LEA Plan and budget. CDE staff will confirm that the update plans are posted at the URL provided before releasing any funds to LEAs.

If you have any questions regarding the Title III, LEP program, please contact Geoffrey Ndirangu, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-323-5831 or by e-mail at If you have any questions regarding the Title III, Immigrant program, please contact Sandra Covarrubias, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-319-0267 or by e-mail at

If you have any Title III, fiscal program questions, please contact Patty Stevens, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-323-5838 or by e-mail at

If you have any Title III, fiscal allocation questions, please contact Karen Almquist Leslie Sharp, Education Fiscal Services Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Office, by phone at 916-327-4406 916-323-4977 or by e-mail at


Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, Director
English Learner Support Division


Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 2, 2017

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