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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 6, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

Low-Performing Students Block Grant

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1808 into law on June 27, 2018. AB 1808 authorizes the allocation of a $300 million Low-Performing Students Block Grant (LPSBG) in the 2018–19 fiscal year to provide California’s low-performing students with additional supports to increase their academic achievement as defined in California Education Code 41570(d).

The purpose of this letter is to notify local educational agencies (LEAs) that the preliminary entitlements for the LPSBG have been posted. The LPSBG funding is available to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools that had students identified as low-performing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress during the 2016–17 school year and who are not otherwise identified for supplemental grant funding under the local control funding formula or eligible for special education services.

The California Department of Education will apportion LPSBG funds in two installments. The first apportionment reflecting approximately 50 percent of each LEA’s entitlement will be released in fall 2018. Remaining funds will be released in spring 2019. Funds are available for expenditure or encumbrance through the 2020–21 fiscal year. For additional information, please visit the LPSBG web page located at

For questions regarding allocations, please contact Janet Finley in the School Fiscal Services Division by phone at 916-323-5091 or by email at For program-related questions, please contact the School Improvement and Support Office by phone at 916-319-0833 or by email at


Tom Torlakson

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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