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Pupil Retention Block Grant

Funding Description

Note: Much of the information provided below is outdated. Funding for this program is now unrestricted pursuant to SBX3 4 (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009), enacted in February 2009. For additional information, please refer to the Action on 2008 and 2009 Budget Acts Web page.

The Pupil Retention Block Grant (PRBG) combines funding for the following programs that target pupils who require additional assistance to succeed in school: Elementary School Intensive Reading, Intensive Algebra Instruction Academies, Continuation High School Foundation, High Risk Youth Education and Public Safety, Tenth Grade Counseling, District Opportunity Classes and Programs, Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Early Intervention for School Success, and At-Risk Youth for Los Angeles Unified School District.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Funding received in one or more of the programs included in the block grant in the 2003-04 fiscal year, adjusted for changes in program participation by school districts in the 2004-05 fiscal year, is necessary to be eligible for block grant funding. Only county offices of education and school districts qualify for block grant funding. Charter schools are not eligible as they received in lieu funding for the programs included in the PRBG through the Charter School Categorical Block Grant.
Other Eligibility Considerations Funding attributable to dropout prevention and recovery programs must be used to maintain the same level of outreach consultants utilized in the 2004-05 fiscal year. Outreach consultants must continue to meet all requirements specified in Education Code Section 52890, and they must serve in schools that (1) have at least 50 percent of pupils eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and (2) are eligible for funds under Title I.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Education Code sections 41505-41508
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2008-09
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7390 / 8590
Total Available $99,007,000
Recipient Amount See allocation formula information
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Funding for each eligible local educational agency (LEA) was initially based on its relative statewide proportion received in 2003-04 for the programs included in the PRBG adjusted for changes in program participation by school districts in the 2004-05 fiscal year. This proportionate share was applied to available funding in 2005-06 to determine each LEA's allocation. In fiscal year 2008-09, LEAs will receive their 2007-08 level of funding adjusted by the current year rate of growth in statewide average daily attendance and cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on district base revenue limits. New continuation high schools approved for foundation program funding will generate additional funds. Closures of continuation high schools will result in funding reductions.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

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Background Unavailable
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsPRBG Results []
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Program Julie Klein Briggs, 916-323-6191,
Fiscal Julie Klein Briggs, 916-323-6191,
Division School Fiscal Services Division, 916-327-0538 (phone), 916-327-4873 (fax)
Last Modified: February 3, 2014
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