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Categorical Programs

Information for select state and federal categorical programs.

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Active Programs - Funding Information, Apportionment Letters and Schedules, and Entitlements

  • Other Funding Sources Not Listed Below
  • 2008-09 Recovery of Overpayments
    To recover funds allocated in excess of the revised 2008-09 budget act appropriations.
  • Adult Education Block Grant Program
    Adult education is a public education program for all adults. The Adult Education Block Grant provides funds to support these activities.
  • Classified School Employee Professional Development Block Grant
    One-time funds to be used for any purpose described in Education Code Section 45391, with first priority being for professional development for the implementation of school safety plans, as set forth in Education Code Section 32280.
  • Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program
    State funds provided to participating local educational agencies to match amounts withheld from participating classified school employees’ monthly pay checks to be paid out during the summer recess period.
  • College Readiness Block Grant
    Funding to provide California high school pupils, particularly unduplicated pupils, additional supports to increase the number who enroll at institutions of higher education and complete an undergraduate degree within four years.
  • Educator Effectiveness
    A program providing funds to county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and state special schools to provide professional development and to promote educator quality and effectiveness.
  • Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations Program (Restart)
    The purpose of the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations Program (Restart) is to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and non-public schools with expenses related to the restart of elementary and secondary schools in areas where a major disaster or emergency was declared related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and/or Maria or the California Wildfires in 2017.
  • Low-Performing Students Block Grant
    The Low-Performing Students Block Grant (LPSBG) provides funds for local educational agencies serving students identified as low-performing on state English language arts or mathematics assessments, who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the Local Control Formula, or eligible for special education services.
  • Mandate - One-Time Funds for Outstanding Mandate Claims
    One-Time Funds for Outstanding Mandate Claims and Common Core State Standards, English Language Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Mandate Block Grant
    These funds are to support mandated activities pursuant to Government Code Section 17581.6 and is in-lieu of receiving a mandate reimbursement claim.
  • Online K-12 Curriculum Resources for History-Social Science
    Funding for the San Francisco Unified School District to contract with the California Historical Society, in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project, to create a free online K-12 curriculum for History-Social Science.
  • Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV)
    Federal funding used to provide education related services in which the learning environment was disrupted due to a traumatic crisis or violent event that impacted teaching and learning.
  • Proposition 39 - California Clean Energy Jobs Act
    A state program providing funding to local educational agencies for improving energy efficiency and creating clean energy jobs.
  • School Facility Projects - One-Time Funding
    One-time funding provided in the annual Budget Package to support specified facility projects.
  • Southern California Regional Occupational Center
    Funding is provided to the Southern California Regional Occupational Center to assist in the transition to a fully fee-supported funding model as the local control funding formula reaches full implementation.
  • Special Olympics
    Funds allocated to support the Special Olympics.
  • Specialized Secondary
    These funds may be used for any educational purpose. Formerly, they were restricted to the establishment of new, advanced, specialized programs in California high schools and continuation of specialized programs established in conjunction with the CSU system prior to 1991-92.
  • Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) System Replacement Project
    Funding is awarded to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, the county office of education selected to partner with the California Department of Education, in support of replacing the Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) system.
  • State Special Schools
    Fiscal information pertaining to State Special Schools adjustments and apportionments.
  • Student Friendly Services
    Funding in support of providing access to higher education in California in the form of online tools designed to improve outreach and admission services to prospective students, families, counselors, teachers, and administrators.
  • Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students Program (Emergency Impact Aid)
    The Emergency Impact Aid program provides funding to local educational agencies (LEAs) that provided instructional opportunities for displaced students who enrolled in their schools as a result of the October and December 2017 wildfires in northern California, and for expenses the LEAs incurred in serving those displaced students.
  • Title I - Parts A and D
    A federal program to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
  • Title II, Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction
    A federal program that increases student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.
  • Title III - Language Instruction for English Learners (EL) and Language Instruction for Immigrant Students
    A federal program to provide supplementary programs and services to assist EL and immigrant students in achieving grade-level and graduation standards, as well as assisting EL students with acquiring English.
  • Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment
    A federal program to increase capacity to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve conditions for student learning, and improve use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
  • Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 - Rural and Low-Income Schools
    A federal program for rural education agencies with 20 percent or more of the pupils from families below the poverty line. This program was formerly Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, under the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • Unemployment Insurance Management System
    Funding is provided to county offices of education to cover costs of administering the Unemployment Insurance Management System for each school employer participating in the School Employees Fund.

Programs No Longer Funded - Funding Information, Apportionment Letters and Schedules, and Entitlements

  • 5-5-9 Flexible Categorical Consolidated Payments
    Pursuant to the provisions of EC Section 14041, payments for “flexed” categorical programs are to be made in twelve installments beginning in July and ending in June. In order to streamline the payment process, monthly payments for several categorical programs have been consolidated into a single monthly payment.
  • American Indian Early Childhood Education
    These funds may be used for any educational purpose. Formerly, they were restricted to the American Indian Early Childhood Education Program providing direct services to American Indian children, pre-kindergarten through grade four, in reading and math through after school tutorial.
  • American Indian Education Centers
    These funds may be used for any educational purpose. Formerly, they were restricted to supporting the educational and cultural needs of American Indian students.
  • Basic Aid Reduction
    Basic aid districts and categorical funding reductions.
  • Charter School Categorical Block Grant Programs
    Programs for which charter schools may not apply for directly from the state.
  • Common Core State Standards Implementation Funds
    A program providing funds to support the integration of academic content standards in instruction adopted pursuant to sections 60605.8, 60605.85, 60605.10, 60605.11 and 60811.3 of Education Code for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive for purposes of establishing high-quality instructional programs for all pupils.
  • Pupil Transportation: Home-to-School and Special Education
    A program funding home-to-school and special education pupil transportation services.
  • Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA)
    Funds are available for use in performing various specified measures to improve academic instruction and pupil academic achievement.
  • Small School District and County Office of Education Bus Replacement
    A program that funds bus replacement in small school districts and county offices of education.
  • Valenzuela Case Settlement County Oversight
    These funds may be used for any educational purpose. Formerly, they were restricted to the Valenzuela Case Settlement County Oversight funds to county offices of education (COEs) for oversight purposes as part of the Valenzuela v. O'Connell (Valenzuela) case settlement.
  • Williams Case Settlement: County Oversight/Instructional Materials
    These funds may be used for any educational purpose. Formerly, they were restricted to the Williams Case Settlement County Oversight funds to county offices of education (COEs) for oversight purposes as part of the Eliezer Williams, et al. v. State of California, et al case settlement.
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