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Specialized Secondary Programs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how the Specialized Secondary Programs are affected by the flexibility provisions in Senate Bill 4 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session (SBX3 4).

Please note that this information is provided for historical purposes. The 2013 Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation repealed the flexibility provisions and instead, eliminated funding streams for many categorical programs. While the Specialized Secondary Programs were affected by the flexibility provisions, the program was reinstated as a separate categorical program under the LCFF.

Refer to the Fiscal Issues Relating to Budget Reductions and Flexibility Provisions guidance letter [] for information on provisions that apply to all programs. The letter covers such matters as the public hearing requirement, base year funding provisions, and how funding reductions will be calculated.

  1. Is it necessary for a Specialized Secondary Program (SSP) to continue to submit the previously required end of year reports?
    Local educational agencies (LEAs) may utilize all of their SSP funds to provide services for the program or they may use all or part of their SSP funds for other educational purposes and/or other categorical programs. LEAs will be deemed to be in compliance with the SSP program and funding requirements contained in statutory, regulatory, and provisional language.
  2. If a school district’s Governing Board elects to continue operating the SSP, must it abide by the existing Education Code requirements?
    No. Education Code requirements for SSPs are not in effect from 2008–09 through 2012–13.

Questions:   Fiscal Policy | 916-319-0821
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 7, 2016