New Grade Level Expansion Letter, FY 2016-17
December 7, 2016
Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Chief Business Officials, and Directors of New Grade Level Expansion Charter Schools:
20 DAY SPECIAL APPORTIONMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS NEW GRADE LEVEL EXPANSION, FISCAL YEAR 2016–17
This special apportionment of $13,585,087 is made in accordance with the California Education Code (EC) Section 47652(b). The purpose of this advance apportionment (Advance) is to fund charter schools that are adding at least one new grade level this fall.
This apportionment in the amount of $13,585,087 is the amount due the charter schools for December 2016 and January 2017 after taking into account monies already apportioned in the first special advance in September 2016. For most schools this equals approximately 18 percent of the charter school’s estimated funding for the 2016–17 fiscal year, calculated pursuant to EC sections 42238.02 and 42238.03, as well as Chapter 6 of Part 26.8 of the EC.
The entitlement calculations for charter schools that are adding at least one new grade level are based on the actual average daily attendance (ADA) reported in the Charter School 20 Day Attendance Report (Charter 20 Day) data collection.
The methodology used to estimate the 2016–17 Target and 2016–17 Gap funding is consistent with the methodology used to calculate the regular 2016–17 Advance Principal Apportionment. For more information on the 2016–17 Advance Principal Apportionment calculations, refer to the Apportionment Letter on the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Principal Apportionment, Fiscal Year, 2016–17 Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/pa1617.asp. For more information on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), refer to the CDE’s Local Control Funding Formula Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/.
Funding In-Lieu of Property Taxes
Also included in the special apportionment is funding to sponsoring school districts to backfill their transfer to charter schools of funding in-lieu of property taxes, for the months December 2016 and January 2017, which equals approximately 18 percent of most charter school’s projected total in-lieu of property taxes funding for the 2016–17 fiscal year. For most charter schools, EC Section 47632 defines the sponsoring local educational agency (LEA) as the district that granted the charter, or in the case of a charter that was denied by a district and subsequently approved by a county office, the district that initially denied the charter.
For a county office of education (COE) approved charter school whose students do not meet the criteria in EC Section 2574(c)(4), or for a countywide charter whose students reside in a district that was basic aid in the prior year, the sponsoring LEA is the district of residence for those students. That means some county-approved charter schools may have multiple sponsoring districts if the school has students who reside in different districts. For a charter that was denied by an LEA and subsequently approved by the State Board of Education (SBE), the sponsoring LEA is the LEA that initially denied the charter or the LEA designated by the SBE pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (k) of EC Section 47605.
Method for Receiving State Aid
Pursuant to EC Section 47651, for charter schools that elect to receive funding directly, the warrant will be drawn in favor of the superintendent of schools of the county in which the LEA that approved the charter is located, for deposit to the appropriate funds or accounts of the charter school in the county treasury. For all other charter schools, the funds shall be deposited in the appropriate funds or accounts of the LEA that granted the charter.
The amount apportioned to each participating charter school and charter school sponsoring LEA is available on the CDE’s Charter School Special Advance Apportionment, Fiscal Year 2016–17 Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/chschspcadv1617.asp.
All communication related to the Principal Apportionment and LCFF funding will be available on the CDE’s Web site, and funding specific information will also be sent electronically via the CDE’s PASE listserv. The listserv provides LEAs and other interested parties important information, such as notifications regarding LCFF updates, software releases, key deadlines, reminders of due dates for submission of data, and any other pertinent topics related to the Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education (PASE) and the Office of Charter Apportionments and District Reorganization (CADR). If you do not already belong to the PASE listserv and would like to subscribe, send a "blank" message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding this apportionment or about funding for charter schools, please contact the CADR office by phone at 916-324-4541 or by e-mail at PASE@cde.ca.gov.
Peter Foggiato, Director
School Fiscal Services Division