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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
September 09, 2020

Dear County Superintendents of Schools:

First Quarter Apportionment for the Education Protection Account, Fiscal Year 2020–21

This apportionment, in the amount of $2,196,687,284, is made from the Education Protection Account (EPA) in accordance with Section 36 of Article XIII of the Constitution of the State of California in support of county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools as directed by law.

With the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in fiscal year 2013–14, EPA entitlements will continue to be calculated based on adjusted revenue limits, including the allowance for necessary small schools, and charter school block grant funding. In accordance with Section 36 of Article XIII of the Constitution of the State of California, these funding amounts continue as components of the LCFF. The California Department of Education (CDE) will allocate EPA revenues on a quarterly basis through the 2030–31 fiscal year. Charter schools newly operational in the 2013–14 fiscal year and after receive the EPA minimum funding level of $200 per unit of average daily attendance (ADA).

A local educational agency’s (LEA) governing board is required to make spending determinations for EPA funds at an open public meeting and post on the LEA’s website an accounting of how much money was received from the EPA and how that money was spent.

2020–21 First Quarter Entitlement Calculation

Using a 2020–21 EPA revenue amount of approximately $8.8 billion, the CDE calculated estimated EPA entitlements using a factor of 36.4728093 percent based on the statewide total of revenue limits and charter school block grant funding as of the 2019–20 Second Principal Apportionment. Each LEA’s EPA entitlement was then reduced so that funding from local property taxes and the EPA combined did not exceed the LEA’s adjusted revenue limit or charter school general purpose funding, provided that each LEA received the minimum EPA funding of $200 per unit of ADA. For most LEAs, EPA funding offsets LCFF state aid allocated through the Principal Apportionment. EPA entitlements will be recalculated at the 2020–21 First Principal (P-1) Apportionment and will be based on both P-1 Apportionment data and the preliminary EPA revenue amount already provided by Department of Finance in June 2020.

Payment Information

This apportionment equals 25 percent of each LEA’s estimated 2020–21 EPA entitlement. For new charter schools, this means $50 for each funded unit of an ADA proxy, which is estimated enrollment reported in the Pupil Estimates for New and Significantly Expanding Charter Schools data collection, adjusted for the 2019-20 statewide absence rate of 4.49% for elementary (K-8) or 6.01% for high school (9-12). The ADA proxy calculation is in accordance with Education Code Section 43505. Future payments may be adjusted for ADA changes, including ADA proxy changes, local property taxes, and previous over or underpayments of EPA funds.

The State Controller’s Office estimates that payments for this apportionment will be issued to county treasurers on September 22, 2020, and school districts and charter schools should be advised immediately of this apportionment. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding for current year funds, use Resource 1400, Education Protection Account, and Revenue Object 8012, Education Protection Account Entitlement.


For additional information on EPA calculations, letters of apportionment, payment schedules, spending restrictions, frequently asked questions, SACS financial reporting, and more, please refer to CDE’s EPA web page at

If you have questions regarding the EPA entitlement calculation, please contact the Principal Apportionment Section by phone at 916-324-4541 or by email at For questions related to SACS financial reporting, please contact the Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services by phone at 916-322-1770 or by email at


Wendi McCaskill, Associate Director
School Fiscal Services Division


Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 03, 2023

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