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Consolidated Categorical Aid Program Appeals

Information on the filing, investigation, and resolution of an appeal regarding an alleged violation of federal or state law or regulations governing consolidated categorical aid programs.

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What is a Consolidated Categorical Program Complaint?

A Consolidated Categorical Program and Unlawful Pupil Fee complaint is a written statement alleging violation of a federal or state law or regulation related to specific categorical programs. A complaint alleging the violation of laws and regulations related to consolidated categorical programs must be filed by way of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR) sections 4600-4687 and California Education Code sections 49010-49013.

The following document describes the process for filing a complaint. Topics include referring complaint issues, local educational agency (LEA) responsibilities, LEA policies and procedures, filing a local complaint, timelines, appealing LEA decisions, department resolution procedures, the on-site investigation process, and the investigation and final report procedures of the California Department of Education (CDE).

UCP Informational Documents

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) Brochure (DOC; Posted 1-Apr-2016)
Accessible Alternate Version (AAV) of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) brochure [] (Posted 07-Jul-2015)
The UCP brochure describes the process for filing an official UCP complaint under the UCP process and provides the contacts at the CDE as authorized by 5 CCR sections 4600 through 4687. This is a reference document and is not meant to be used by LEAs in place of their own UCP Annual Notice.

Questions:   Categorical Programs Complaints Management Office | Appeal Assistance Form | 916-319-0929
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 2, 2016