Geographic Lead Agency SystemThe Geographic Lead Agency System is part of the California Statewide System of Support.
Assembly Bill 1808 appropriated $4 million to establish the California Geographic Lead Agency (Lead Agency) System to build the capacity of county offices of education (COEs) to ensure that counties are equipped to build the capacity of their local educational agencies to support the continuous improvement of student performance within the state priorities as defined in California Education Code (EC) sections 52060 and 52066 and address the gaps in achievement between student groups as defined in EC Section 52052.
The 6 to 10 Lead Agencies will work together to support the following goals for all counties. The Lead Agencies will also connect COEs to the other initiatives within the California Statewide System of Support.
Support the continuous improvement of student performance within the state priorities across student groups as defined in EC sections 52060 and 52066.
Address the gaps in achievement between student groups as defined in EC Section 52052.
Improve outreach and collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that goals, actions, and services as described in school district and COEs Local Control and Accountability Plans reflect the needs of the community, especially for historically under-represented or low-achieving populations.
Each Lead Agency is selected for a term ending no later than June 30, 2023.
Request for Application (RFA)
The RFA (PDF) provides an overview and instructions for the Lead Agency grant application.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will conduct two Lead Agency webinars (PDF) to provide an overview of the RFA and offer potential applicants an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Would the CDE consider one grant award through a consortium of several COEs?
COEs may submit an application as a consortium, however only one COE can be the fiscal agent for the Lead Agency grant.
Will the CDE allow for a planning period during the grant period?
No, this is not a planning grant. This grant is for COEs who can start implementing activities starting on October 1, 2018.
Is there a Notice of Intent to submit along with the application? If so, where can we find the form and when is it due?
No, applicants do not need to submit a Letter of Intent.
Will the CDE be posting the PowerPoint slides presented at the webinars?
The CDE will post the PowerPoint slides presented at the webinars after August 16, 2018. If you have immediate questions, please send an email to RSAO@cde.ca.gov, or call Paula Evans at 916-319-0372.