The state funds a number of programs that are distributed to school districts through the Consolidated Application, including Economic Impact Aid (EIA), Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), School Safety and Cal-SAFE, and Peer Assistance and Review (PAR). These programs, along with the School and Library Improvement Block Grant, are historically of the most interest to School Site Councils.
The Consolidated Application (ConApp) is used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to distribute categorical funds from various state and federal programs to county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools throughout California. Data is collected three times annually and reported in the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) to document participation in categorial programs and provide assurances that district participation complies with legal requirements.
The data collection and reporting cycles are indicated below. Funding entitlements are determined by programmatic formulas established by law.
Federal Program Monitoring (FPM)
The California Department of Education has implemented a compliance monitoring process that includes self-evaluation tools for local educational agencies (LEAs). The goal is to ensure that categorical program funds are being spent in accordance with the law. State oversight is accomplished by annually monitoring one quarter of all LEAs. Schools may be monitored through a CDE visit once every four years.
Single Plan for Student Achievement
Each school is required to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement that is aligned to the district LEA Plan as required by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Related resources and information are available from CDE’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) website.
School Site Councils are responsible for development, monitoring, and revision of the Single Plan for Student Achievement, including a budget that provides for the expenditure of all state and federal funds that are allocated to a school as reported on the Consolidated Application. The plan must be approved by the district board each year.
SCOE offers training to administrators, staff, and parents who are members of a School Site Council as part of the services offered through the Sonoma County Cooperative (Co-op). Co-op members also receive School Site Council Handbook with additional resources. Download the SSC handbook.