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State Programs


Consolidated Application/CARS/CALPADS

The California Department of Education uses the Consolidated Application (ConApp) to distribute funds from federal and state programs to county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools. Entities submit required documentation twice a year to apply for funding and ensure that fiscal and program requirements are being met. The Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) is the on-line data collection system that districts use to enter the Consolidated Application data.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE programs typically serve high-achieving and underachieving high-ability students, and provide specialized educational environments and/or opportunities. GATE program funding is now included in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), and programs and services are now determined at the local level.  Please contact your local district or charter school for specifics regarding their GATE programs.

School Site Council

The School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, other school staff, and students (at the secondary school level) that works with the school principal to develop, review and evaluate school plans, programs, and school budgets. The members of the School Site Council are generally elected by their peers. They meet regularly throughout the school year and make modifications to the SPSA, as needed.

Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

The purpose of the SPSA is to coordinate all educational services at the school in order to support student achievement. The SPSA, at a minimum, addresses how funds provided to the school state and federal resources will be used to improve the academic performance of all students. School goals shall be aligned to district goals set forth in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The SPSA must integrate the purposes and requirements of all state and federal programs in which the school participates.

Uniform Complaint Procedures

Every county office of education, district and charter school governing board is required to have policies and procedures for handling and resolving complaints from students, parents, community members, employees, and other interested parties. Complaints related to specific programs and concerns, identified by federal and state laws and regulations, are addressed via the Uniform Complaint Procedures. 


2020-21 Professional Learning Opportunities

The events will be held at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111, unless otherwise stated below.

State and Federal 101

This workshop is for new state and federal program personnel, or experienced personnel who want to learn about new developments. The workshop will explain the basics of state and federal funding and regulations so that districts will achieve effective and compliant programs.

  • TBD

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School Site Council Training

School Site Council is for new categorical directors or as a refresher event. To request training click here

  • September 10
  • September 25

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State and Federal Programs Leadership Network

Each of the LEAs in San Diego County has an administrator who oversees state and federal programs. These administrators meet on a regular basis to network and share information. Scheduled time 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 


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To request training for site/LEA leadership click here.

Legislative Updates

For more information on legislative bills, please click on the link below.