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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 11, 2021

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

First Apportionment for the Mandate Block Grant
for Participating Local Educational Agencies
Fiscal Year 2021–22

This apportionment, in the amount of $246,286,804, is made from funds provided by Item 6100-296-0001 of the Budget Act of 2021 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021), as amended by Senate Bill 129 (Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021). This apportionment is made to all local educational agencies (LEAs) that submitted an application to participate in the Mandate Block Grant (MBG) for Fiscal Year 2021–22 and reflects 100 percent of each LEA’s 2021–22 MBG allocation.

Pursuant to Government Code (GC) Section 17581.6, LEAs make an annual choice to receive MBG funds for the mandated activities specified in GC Section 17581.6(f). An election to receive MBG funding does not relieve an LEA of the obligation to perform applicable mandates. A school district or county office of education that receives MBG funding for Fiscal Year 2021–22 is not eligible to submit a reimbursement claim to the State Controller’s Office (SCO), pursuant to GC Section 17560, for the mandated activities identified in GCSection 17581.6(f) for the same fiscal year. However, if the mandated program is not suspended or specifically identified in GCSection 17581.6(f), a mandate reimbursement claim may be filed with the SCO.

One active program, the Teacher Incentive Program (Program Number 252), is not included in the 2021–22 Mandate Block Grant and is identified as reimbursable, therefore, school districts and county offices of education are eligible to submit reimbursement claims to the SCO for costs incurred in Fiscal Year 2021–22. LEAs should note that in order for a reimbursement claim to be paid, funds must be appropriated for that mandated program. Currently, this program does not have an appropriation to support payment of any claims.

Funding for the MBG is based on average daily attendance (ADA) for Grades K–8 and Grades 9–12 as of the Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment for the previous fiscal year multiplied by respective funding rates. For the 2021–22 Fiscal Year, LEAs are funded on either 2019–20 ADA, adjusted according to provisions specified in California Education Code (EC) Section 43502, or a 2020–21 ADA proxy calculated pursuant to EC Section 43505. The 2021–22 funding rates for each grade span are set forth in Item 6100-296-0001 of the Budget Act of 2021 as follows:

LEA Grade Span

Amount per 2020–21
P-2 ADA

County Office of Education (COE) K–8 $32.79
COE 9–12 $63.17
COE Countywide1 $1.10
School District K–8 $32.79
School District 9–12 $63.17
Charter School K–8 $17.21
Charter School 9–12 $47.84

1 Countywide ADA is defined as the aggregate number of units of ADA within the county attributable to all school districts for which the county superintendent of schools has jurisdiction pursuant to EC Section 1253, charter schools within the county, and the schools operated by the county superintendent of schools

The schedule of apportionment for the MBG shows each participating LEA’s 2021–22 total allocation and the apportionment amount. The P-2 ADA, by grade span, used in the calculation of funding is included in the MBG allocation schedule at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/mandatebg21result.asp. Direct-funded and locally funded charter schools that applied for the MBG are listed separately on the apportionment schedule. Apportionments for direct-funded charter schools will be issued to the charter school and apportionments for locally funded charter schools will be included in the payment issued to the authorizing agency.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately two weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 0000, Unrestricted, and Revenue Object Code 8550, Mandated Cost Reimbursements.

The county superintendents of schools were notified of this apportionment by email which was sent to their CDEfisc email addresses. The California Department of Education (CDE) requested that the email be forwarded to all school districts and charter schools in the county, and included the links to this letter and the apportionment schedule which are posted under “Mandate Block Grant 2021 Funding Results” on the CDE web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/mandatebg.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact the Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolutions Office by email at Mandate@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Dearstyne, Director
School Fiscal Services Division

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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