Report 2019-108 Recommendation 13 Responses

Report 2019-108: Sacramento City Unified School District: Because It Has Failed to Proactively Address Its Financial Challenges, It May Soon Face Insolvency (Release Date: December 2019)

Recommendation #13 To: Sacramento City Unified School District

To prevent a similar fiscal crisis in the future, Sacramento Unified should do the following by July 2020:

Annually apply for available state funding for its extraordinary special education costs.

60-Day Agency Response

2018-19 Claim submitted. Expected CDE notification date is February 20, 2020.

In October of each year, cumulative expenses for each student placed in a Residential Treatment Center whose expenses meet the year threshold set by CDE, will be submitted to CDE for reimbursement through the P-1 software. Accompanying paper documentation verifying the expenses and payments made will be sent to CDE as required in order to be considered for the Extraordinary Cost Pool. Currently the due date to CDE is November, 30, 2020; there is current trailer bill language pending for the upcoming budget which moves this deadline forward to October 31, 2020. Documents to follow.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

Sacramento Unified provided interdepartmental procedures assigning responsibilities to its special education and budget departments to ensure that the district applies for extraordinary special education costs each year.

All Recommendations in 2019-108

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.