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READ Budget Submissions


The READ Act now includes a new budget reporting component. To fulfill this statutory requirement, CDE has created a budget submission tool that asks Local Education Providers (LEPs) to identify which of the seven statutory intervention categories they intend to use in the coming budget year to support students identified as having significant reading deficiencies.

In order to receive per-pupil intervention funds, each LEP is required to report a budget and budget narrative annually.

Budget Submission Timeline



READ budget submission window opens

April 1

LEPs submit budgets

April 1 - June 30

CDE Completes Budget Reviews and Provides Comments. LEP is notified of budget status

July 15

LEP's revise budgets and re-submit if necessary

July 15 - August 5

Final budget submissions DUE

August 7

Distribution of READ funds


Updates to Statutory Requirements

In addition to reporting a budget and budget narrative annually:

  • The allowable uses of per-pupil intervention money expands to include purchasing CDE approved core reading instructional programs and purchasing technology, including software, to assist in assessing and monitoring student progress.
  • CDE is required to monitor and, if necessary, audit district use of the per-pupil intervention funds throughout the budget year.
  • The amount of per-pupil intervention money a district may retain from year to year cannot exceed 15 percent.
  • Some of the READ intervention funds are redirected to the external program evaluation, state provided teacher training, public information campaign, and early literacy grant program, thereby reducing the per-pupil distribution to districts.

Allowable Uses of Per-Pupil Intervention Funds

  • Operate a summer school literacy program
  • Purchase core reading instructional programs that are included on the READ Act advisory list of instructional programming
  • Purchase and/or provide approve targeted, evidence-based or scientifically based intervention services to students which may include services provided by a reading interventionist
  • Purchase tutoring services focused in increasing students’ foundational reading skills
  • Provide technology, including software that is on the advisory list of instructional programming; may include professional development for use of technology
  • Purchase from a BOCES the services of a reading specialist or reading interventionist
  • Provide professional development programming to support K-3 educators in teaching reading

Training Center

The P-3 office will be hosting informational webinars on the new budget reporting requirement outlined in SB19-199. This new budget reporting requirement will take place during the 2019-20 data collection window.

Recorded Webinars


Whitney Hutton
Literacy Business Analyst