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Ltr1-17: Mandate Block Grant

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 3, 2017

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE MANDATE BLOCK GRANT
FOR PARTICIPATING LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES
FISCAL YEAR 2017–18

This apportionment, in the amount of $228,186,996, is made from funds provided by Item 6100-296-0001 of the Budget Act of 2017 (Chapter 14, Statutes of 2017). 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 2017–18 and reflects 100 percent of each LEA’s 2017–18 MBG entitlement.

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 the MBG funding for fiscal year 2017–18 is not eligible to submit a reimbursement claim to the State Controller’s Office (pursuant to GC Section 17560) for the mandated activities identified in GC Section 17581.6(f) for the same fiscal year. However, if the mandated program is not suspended or specifically identified in GC Section 17581.6(f), a mandate reimbursement claim may be filed with the State Controller’s Office for fiscal year 2017–18.

Based on GC Section 17581.6 and the 2017 Budget Act, the following program is not included in the 2017–18 MBG and is identified as reimbursable for costs incurred in fiscal year 2017–18. However, funds must be appropriated for this mandated program before any reimbursement claims can be paid and this active mandated program does not currently have an appropriation to support payment of any claims.

Current Programs
Program Name Program Number Notes

Teacher Incentive Program

252

Reimbursable

 

Funding for the MBG is based on average daily attendance (ADA) as of the 2016–17 Second Principal Apportionment (P-2) for Grades K–8 and Grades 9–12. The 2017–18 funding rates for each grade span are set forth in Item 6100-296-0001 of the Budget Act of 2017 as follows:

LEA Grade Span Amount per 2016–17 P–2 ADA

County Offices of Education (COE)

Grades K–8

$30.34

COE

Grades 9–12

$58.25

COE

Countywide1

$1.02

School Districts

Grades K–8

$30.34

School Districts

Grades 9–12

$58.25

Charter Schools

Grades K–8

$15.90

Charter Schools

Grades 9–12

$44.04

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 California Education Code (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 2016–17 P–2 ADA by grade span that was used in the calculation of the 2017–18 MBG funding, as well as the total 2017–18 apportionment amount. 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.

The mandated programs and activities covered by the MBG are subject to review in the overall annual compliance audit per EC Section 41020. Compliance with mandate requirements would be addressed through the audit resolution process.

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 e-mail which was sent to their CDEfisc e-mail addresses. The California Department of Education (CDE) requested that the e-mail 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 Funding 2017 Results” on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/mandatebg.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-6191 or by e-mail at jbriggs@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Nick Schweizer, Deputy Superintendent
Systems Support Branch

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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