States must provide the Description of Use of Funds by completing and submitting the Excel Interactive Spreadsheet with the 2014 Application.
Describe how the amount retained by the State educational agency under 20 U.S.C. 1411(e)(1) will be used to meet the following activities under Part B. (20 U.S.C. 1411(e)(1)-(3), (6) and (7)) The Department annually identifies for States the maximum amounts that a State may retain under Section 1411(e)(1) and (2)1. The dollar amounts listed in the Excel Interactive Spreadsheet by the State for administration and for other State activities should add up to less or equal to the dollar amount provided to the State by the Department for each of these activities.
Enter whole dollar amounts (do not enter cents) in appropriate cells on the State’s Excel Interactive Worksheet. The Excel Interactive Spreadsheet must be submitted as part of the State’s application.
Describe the process used to get input from LEAs regarding the distribution of amounts among activities described in the Excel Interactive Spreadsheet to meet State priorities. (20 U.S.C. 1411(e)(5)(B); 34 CFR §300.704)
Decisions about the allocation of funds are made through the state’s budget process. Local educational agencies (LEAs) have two opportunities for input:
- The California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division, obtains input from a collaborative stakeholder group,
Improving Special Education Services (ISES), convened twice each year. The State Performance Plan (SPP), Annual Performance Report (APR),
and State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) are guided by this stakeholder group meeting. The meetings address improvement strategies
and resources as well as other issues such as personnel development, statewide assessment, and progress monitoring through a unified
planning process. This stakeholder group is a broadly diverse and representative group of individuals involved in, or concerned with,
the education of children with disabilities such as LEA representatives, other agency personnel, and parent organizations. Attendance
averages over seventy representatives.
- Based on the input obtained through ISES, CDE prepares Budget Change Proposals (BCPs) and Budget Revisions (BRs) for consideration by the Governor and the State Legislature. California’s budget process actively solicits input from individual LEAs, professional organizations, and constituents.
1Each State may reserve for each fiscal year not more than the maximum amount the State was eligible to reserve for State administration under this section for fiscal year 2004 or $800,000 (adjusted in accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1411(e)(1)(B)), whichever is greater; and each outlying area may reserve for each fiscal year not more than 5 percent of the amount the outlying area receives under 20 U.S.C. 1411(b)(1) for the fiscal year or $35,000, whichever is greater.
For each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2005, the Secretary shall cumulatively adjust: 1) the maximum amount the State was eligible to reserve for State administration under this part for fiscal year 2004; and 2) $800,000, by the rate of inflation as measured by the percentage increase, if any, from the preceding fiscal year in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.
Part B Annual State Application: FFY 2014
OMB No. 1820-0030/Expiration Date - 8-31-2015