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Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)?
    The REAP initiatives are designed to help small, rural school districts that lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for federal competitive grants and that receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
  • What are the criteria for school districts to be eligible for REAP?
    To be eligible for REAP, a school district must have a Locale Code of 7 or 8 AND an average daily attendance (ADA) of less than 600 OR be located in a county that has a population density of less than 10 people per square mile. A list of eligible school districts can be found on DPIís website at

Alternative Uses of Funds Authority

  • What is the Alternative Uses of Funds Authority under the REAP?
    It is a flexibility initiative that allows eligible school districts to combine their Titles II A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting), II D (Enhancing Education Through Technology), IV A (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities), and/or V (Innovative Programs) allocations for authorized activities under:
    • Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children)
    • II A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
    • II D (Enhancing Education Through Technology)
    • III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students)
    • IVA (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities)
    • IVB (21st Century Community Learning Centers), or
    • V (Innovative Programs).
  • How does an eligible school district take advantage of this flexibility option?
    An eligible school district completes the appropriate information regarding REAP on its Consolidated Application for Federal Title Funding (SFN 50847) and submits the application to DPI. DPI will approve the application after all the required information has been submitted and will issue a grant award to the school district. <
  • How does an eligible school district receive reimbursement for the funds put into REAP?
    The school district is reimbursed for REAP expenditures by submitting the Rural Education Achievement Program and Schoolwide Co-mingling Request for Funds form (SFN 52148) to DPI. If the Request for Funds is a final request, the Consolidated Final Report must also be submitted before payment is made.
  • Must a school district continue to participate in REAP in subsequent years?
    The U.S. Department of Education expects participating school districts to participate in REAP at least three years. However, if a school district chooses not to participate after one or two years, that school district may not participate later. For instance, if a school district participates in REAP the first year and chooses not to participate the second year, it will not be allowed to participate the third year.
  • What are the reporting requirements for school districts participating in REAP?
    School districts that participate in REAP must report the amount of funds that are spent on authorized activities in any of the seven programs that are allowable. To do this, school districts complete the REAP section of the Consolidated Final Report for Federal Title Programs (SFN 53276) at the end of the school year and submit the entire Consolidated Final Report to DPI.
  • What accountability requirements apply to participating school districts?
    Participating school districts must administer an assessment that is consistent with section 1111(b)(3) of Title I. After the third year that a school district participates in REAP and on the basis of the results of the assessments, DPI must determine whether the school district has made Adequate Yearly Progress. Only the school districts that have made Adequate Yearly Progress may continue to participate. The school districts that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress after the third year may continue to participate only if they use the applicable funding to carry out the requirements of section 1116 (Title I school improvement provisions).

Small, Rural School Grant Program

  • What is the Small, Rural School Grant program?
    It is another initiative under REAP for an additional funding program (over and above the formula title programs) that authorizes the U.S. Department of Education to award grants directly to eligible school districts to carry out authorized activities under Title I Part A, Title II Part A, Title II Part D, Title III, Title IV Part A, Title IV Part B, and/or Title V Part A.
  • What are the criteria for school districts to be eligible for this program?
    A The criteria is listed above under REAP.
  • How does a school district access this funding?
    Eligible school districts must apply electronically directly to the U.S. Department of Educationís E-grant system. The deadline for applying for funds for the 2002-2003 school year was July 24, 2002. The deadline for the following year will be announced later.
  • How much funding will an eligible school district receive?
    The U.S. Department of Education will determine the amounts that school districts receive for this program. An estimated amount can be determined by the following formula: $20,000 for the first 50 ADA plus $100 per ADA over 50 less the total amount received last year from Titles II, IV, VI, and Class-Size Reduction less approximately 20%.
  • What can this funding be used for?
    This funding can be used for authorized activities under Title I, Title II Part A, Title II Part D, Title III, Title IV Part A, Title IV Part B, or Title V Part A.
  • What accountability requirements apply to school districts participating in this program?
    Participating school districts must administer an assessment that is consistent with section 1111(b)(3) of Title I. Based on the results of the assessments, DPI must determine whether the school district has made Adequate Yearly Progress. Only the school districts that have made Adequate Yearly Progress may continue to participate. The school districts that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress may continue to participate only if they use the applicable funding to carry out the requirements of section 1116 (Title I school improvement provisions).

Transferability

  • What is Transferability?
    Transferability is a new flexibility initiative that allows school districts to transfer up to 50 percent of Titles II A, II D, IV Part A, and/or V Part A for authorized activities under Titles I Part A, II Part A, II Part D, IV Part A, or V Part A.
  • Under what circumstances would be advantageous for a school district to transfer funds?
    It would be advantageous for a school district to transfer funds into another applicable program if it is not eligible for the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) and if it needs additional funds in an area to more effectively address its unique needs.
  • Which school districts may not transfer funds?
    School districts that have been identified for program improvement under Section 1116(c) may not transfer more than 30 percent of its allowable funds under this transferability authority. School districts that have been identified for corrective action may not transfer funds under this transferability authority.
  • What requirements govern any funds that are transferred?
    Any transferred funds are subject to the requirements of the programs to which they are transferred. For instance, if a school district transfers funds from its Title II Part A allocation to its Title II Part D program, the total amount of the Title II Part D allocation and the transferred amount is subject to the 25 percent requirement for professional development in technology.
  • How does a school district take advantage of this transferability authority?
    An eligible school district completes the appropriate information regarding Transferability on its Consolidated Application for Federal Title Funding (SFN 50847) and submits the application to DPI. DPI will approve the application after all the required information has been submitted and will issue a grant award to the school district.
  • How does a school district receive reimbursement for funds under transferability?
    The school district is reimbursed for transferability expenditures by submitting the Request for Funds form (SFN 14660) to DPI.
     
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