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School Improvement Grant, Cohort 1, PI Start-Over

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

December 15, 2010

Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT WAIVER

This letter provides you with current information about the State of California’s request for the waiver of several provisions of federal law and regulations related to implementation of the School Improvement Grants (SIG): American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended. This request would allow any local educational agency (LEA) in California that receives a SIG to use those funds in accordance with the final requirements for SIG and the LEA application for a grant.

All of the waivers related to SIG requested by California were granted, including a waiver of Section 1116(b)(12) of the ESEA to permit an LEA to allow its Tier I and Tier II schools that will implement a turnaround or restart model to “start over” in the school improvement timeline. (Note: This waiver applies to Tier I and Tier II schools only.)

This letter confirms the "start over" in Program Improvement (PI) timeline status of the schools listed in the enclosure. This means that the schools listed are no longer in PI. The earliest any of these schools could re-enter PI is the beginning of the 2012–13 school year (SY). If these schools do not make their Adequate Yearly Progress targets for two consecutive years (2010–11 and 2011–12), the earliest they would potentially be required to offer public school choice would be the start of the 2012–13 SY and the earliest they would potentially be required to offer supplemental educational services would be the start of the 2013–14 SY.

The change in PI status for schools implementing the restart or turnaround models should be reflected in the PI reports which we anticipate to be updated on the CDE Accountability Progress Reporting Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/ in mid‑December. The PI status for these schools will then be reported as "Not in PI."

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the School Turnaround Office, by phone at 916-319-0833 or by e-mail at STO@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

Deborah V.H. Sigman, Deputy Superintendent
Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch

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Enclosure - List of PI Start Over Waiver Schools [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/documents/sig1piwaiverlist.xls] (XLS)

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