PENSEC, FY 2020–21Pupil Estimates for New or Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) includes estimated other pupil counts for fiscal year (FY) 2020–21.
Pursuant to Education Code (EC) Section 43505 [Senate Bill (SB) 98 (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020)], state special advance apportionments for the 2020–21 fiscal year, for newly operational charter schools, will be based upon estimated enrollment of the charter school as of information day October 7, 2020 adjusted for the 2019–20 statewide absence rate in lieu of average daily attendance. A newly operational charter school is a charter school that is authorized by the governing board of a school district or county board of education on or before June 1, 2020*, or approved by the state board at its July 8 and 9, 2020 meetings and will begin offering instruction in FY 2020–21. Expanding charter schools may submit a Pupil Estimates for New and Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) Report for the purpose of federal categorical funding but will not be provided state funding in the 2020–21 fiscal year through the Charter School Special Advance Apportionments. The funding methodology change for the 2020–21 fiscal year is consistent with Part 24.5. School Finance, Instruction, and Accountability in the 2020–21 School Year of the EC added by SB 98 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*SB 820 (Chapter 110, Statutes of 2020) was signed by the Governor on September 18, 2020, which changed this date to June 30, 2020.
PENSEC includes estimated enrollment and other pupil counts for charter schools that will be newly operational or for charter schools that will be significantly expanding in fiscal year (FY) 2020–21. NOTE: The PENSEC due date has been extended to August 7, 2020.
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1Instructions for reporting estimated enrollment and pupils counts, including information on the criteria that must be met to be considered a new or significantly expanding charter school for funding purposes.
2The six digit personal identification number (PIN) necessary for logon to the PENSEC report is the same PIN provided by the California Department of Education for the Charter School Annual Information Survey (see PENSEC Instructions1 for further information).