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2008-09 First Principal Apportionment Letter

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
February 19, 2009

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, Treasurers, and Special Education Local Plan Area Directors:

2008–09 First Principal Apportionment

Towards the end of February, county treasurers will receive a warrant that reflects state aid for elementary, high, and unified school districts; charter schools; and county offices of education for programs included in the 2008–09 First Principal Apportionment (P-1). The California Department of Education (CDE) certified P-1 on February 19, 2009, pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 41332. The statewide total was $28,696,879,400.

This apportionment includes funding for 2008–09 as well as updated funding for the 2007–08 apportionment (2007–08 Annual), the 2006–07 apportionment (2006–07 Annual R-2), and adjustments to other prior year apportionments, as necessary.

The CDE calculated funding for 2008–09 using statutory language in effect at the time of the certification. This includes language in the Budget Act of 2008 (Chapters 268 and 269, Statutes of 2008) and Assembly Bill 519 (Chapter 757, Statutes of 2008). As such, this apportionment does not take into account midyear changes agreed to this week by the Governor and the Legislature, including increases to the deficit factor for revenue limits, reductions to program appropriations, and modified deferral language related to the February payment. The CDE will recertify P-1 in March 2009 and, at that time, will adjust monthly payments accordingly. Specifically, the March payment will be reduced or increased by the difference between amounts paid in February pursuant to this apportionment and the amount that would have been paid in February pursuant to the recertified apportionment.

The CDE used the following rates, factors, and amounts in its calculations for 2008–09:

Revenue Limit COLA Deficit Factor

School District Revenue Limit



County Office of Education Revenue Limit



Charter Schools General Purpose Block Grant Rates per Average Daily Attendance1
Grade Rate

Kindergarten and Grades One through Three


Grades Four through Six


Grades Seven through Eight


Grades Nine through Twelve


1Except for students funded in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 319 (Chapter 355, Statutes of 2005)

The rates for the listed programs received zero COLA for the fiscal year except for Gifted and Talented Education and the Charter School Categorical Block Grant, which received a 5.66 percent COLA.

Program Budget Amount2 Proration

Adult Education



Adults in Correctional Facilities



Apprentice Program



Charter School Categorical Block Grant



Community Day School



Gifted and Talented Education



Regional Occupational Centers/Programs



California High School Exit Examination Remedial, Grades Seven through Twelve



Core Academic Program for Kindergarten and Grades One through Twelve



Low Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) and At-Risk of Retention, Grades Two through Six



Retained or Recommended for Retention, Grades Two through Nine



2Amount does not include additional funding that was deferred until 2009–10 fiscal year

Finally, the February payment reflects the provisions of the 2008–09 budget package as enacted in September 2008, which reduced the normal February payment by one-half and increased the April payment by the same amount. This resulted in a $2.13 billion statewide deferral for the February P-1 payment. Please note that the midyear budget package repealed this deferral and replaced it with a statewide deferral of $2 billion from February to July.

A copy of this letter and the apportionment exhibits that provide detail related to P-1 are available on the CDE's Web site at County superintendents should advise districts and charter schools of this apportionment as soon as possible by providing them a copy of this letter. If you need assistance, or have any further questions, please contact the Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education at 916-324-4541 or by e-mail at



Peter Foggiato, Administrator
Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education

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