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California Education Audit Appeals Panel

The Education Audit Appeals Panel (EAAP) serves as the neutral arbiter in informal and formal administrative appeals by K-12 local education agencies, correcting errors of fact or law and applying where appropriate a statutorily defined test of substantial compliance. EAAP adopts as regulations, according to a statutory timetable, the audit guide used in those annual audits. These activities set clear standards for compliance with education funding requirements, and allow both the state and local education agencies to avoid lengthy and expensive litigation over disputed funding.

The Panel consists of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the Department of Finance, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team.

Statutory Authority

Education Code Sections 14502.1, 41344 and 41344.1.

Supplement to 2013-14 Audit Guide

At its February 10, 2014, meeting, the Panel adopted a set of emergency regulations and also directed staff to begin the regular rulemaking process leading to eventual adoption, following public comment, of those same amendments as permanent regulations.  The Notice of Proposed Supplemental Rulemaking; Initial Statement of Reasons; and Proposed Permanent Supplemental 2013-14 Audit Guide Regulations were published on March 21, 2014 in the California Regulatory Notice Register, and are currently available under the Audit Guide tab.  The written comment period ends on May 5, 2014.