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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter

February 19, 2021

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

2020–21 First Principal Apportionment

Towards the end of February, county treasurers will receive a warrant that reflects state aid for school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education for programs included in the 2020–21 First Principal (P-1) Apportionment. The California Department of Education (CDE) certified P-1 on February 19, 2021, pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 41332 in the amount of $36,962,237,272. County superintendents of schools should advise school districts and charter schools immediately of this apportionment. This apportionment includes funding for 2020–21, as well as updated funding for the 2019–20 Annual Apportionment, the 2018–19 Second Annual Recertification, and adjustments to other prior year apportionments, as necessary.

Senate Bill 98 (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) amended EC Sections 14041.5 and 14041.6, deferring portions of the 2020–21 P-1 payments in the months of February through May 2021 to the months of August through November 2021, and fully deferring the 2020–21 P-2 payment from June to July 2021. Additional details, including the impact of deferred payments, are available on the Principal Apportionment Payment Schedule web page at Monthly payment and deferral amounts for P-1 are available at the county and local educational agency (LEA) level on the Funding Excel Files web page at

A summary of the calculations that the CDE used in the P-1 Apportionment is available as an attachment to this letter. Funding exhibits and apportionment Excel files that provide detailed funding amounts related to the P-1 Apportionment are available on the CDE 2020–21 Principal Apportionment web page at Additional Excel files for Special Education are available on the Special Education web page at

The CDE provides funding information electronically via the CDE’s Principal Apportionment Section (PASE) listserv. The listserv provides important information to LEAs and other interested parties, such as notifications regarding local control funding formula updates, software releases, key deadlines, reminders of due dates for submission of data, and any other pertinent topics related to the Principal Apportionment. If you do not already belong to the PASE listserv and would like to subscribe, send a “blank” message to:

If you need assistance or have any further questions, Principal Apportionment staff may be reached by email at



Wendi McCaskill, Associate Director
School Fiscal Services Division



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