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Title VI: Flexibility and Accountability

Transferability (Title VI Sections 6121 and 6123)

Purpose

To allow school districts the flexibility to target federal funds to programs that most effectively address the unique needs of their schools.

Allocations that may be transferred

Any school district (except those identified for improvement under Title I Section 1116(c) or subject to corrective action under Title I Section 1116(c)(9)) may transfer up to 50 percent of the funds allocated to it by formula under the following programs:

  • Title II Part A Section 2121 Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment
  • Title II Part D Section 2412(a)(2)(A) Enhancing Education Through Technology
  • Title IV Part A Section 4112(b)(1) Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title V Part A Section 5112(a) Innovative Programs

for authorized activities under the following programs:

  • Title I Part A
  • Title II Part A Section 2121 Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment
  • Title II Part D Section 2412(a)(2)(A) Enhancing Education Through Technology
  • Title IV Part A Section 4112(b)(1) Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title V Part A Section 5112(a) Innovative Programs

Requirements for Transfer of Funds

Any transferred funds are subject to the requirements of the programs to which they are transferred.

A school district that wants to transfer funds must indicate that on its Consolidated Application for Federal Title Program Funds. If during the year, it becomes necessary to transfer funds, a school district must amend its Consolidated Application at least 30 days before the effective date of the transfer.

A school district must consult with the nonpublic schools in its district before a transfer is requested.

Schools Identified for Program Improvement

School districts identified for improvement under Title I Section 1116(c) may only transfer up to 30 percent of the funds allocated to it by formula as stated above to its allocation for program improvement under Title I section 1003 or to any of the programs stated above if the transferred funds are used only for program improvement activities consistent with Title I Section 1116(c).

Schools Identified for Corrective Action

School districts identified for corrective action may not transfer any funds under the transferability authority.


Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Initiatives

Purpose

To address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for competitive grants and that receive allocations that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.

Alternative Uses of Funds Authority (Title VI Section 6211)

This initiative allows eligible school districts to combine the formula funding under

  • Title II Part A Section 2121 Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment
  • Title II Part D Section 2412(a)(2)(A) Enhancing Education Through Technology
  • Title IV Part A Section 4112(b)(1) Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title V Part A Section 5112(a) Innovative Programs

for authorized activities under

  • Title I Part A
  • Title II Part A Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment
  • Title II Part D Enhancing Education ThroughTechnology
  • Title III Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
  • Title IV Part A Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Title IV Part B 21st Century
  • Title V Part A Innovative Strategies

Eligibility

Eligible school districts must have an average daily attendance of less than 600 OR each county in which a school is served by a school district is located has a population density of fewer than 10 people per square mile AND a Locale Code of 7 or 8.

School districts that participated in the REAP for the 2001-2002 school year are expected to
participate for at least three years. If a school district that participated in 2001-2002 decides not to participate in 2002-2003, that school district will not be eligible to participate in REAP in any other years. School districts may not jump in and out of the program.

Requirements

Eligible school districts wishing to participate in the Alternative Uses of Funds must indicate that on the Consolidated Application.

Small, Rural School Grant Program (Section 6212)

This initiative is a formula grant directly to the eligible (same eligibility requirements as stated above) school districts from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant is not administered by DPI. School districts should receive between $20,000 and $60,000 IF there is sufficient funding to pay this full amount. If not, allocations will be ratably reduced. The U.S. Department of Education will determine the amount of the allocations for the eligible districts. Districts may use this grant for any authorized activities under Titles I Part A, II Part A, II Part D, IV, and V.

Rural and Low-Income School Program (Sections 6221 through 6224)

This initiative is a small grant program from the U.S. Department of Education to DPI for awarding subgrants to eligible school districts. DPI will award these subgrants on a competitive basis and will not be part of the Consolidated Application. These funds may be used for the following purposes:

  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher professional development
  • Educational technology as described in Title II Part D
  • Parental involvement activities
  • Activities authorized under Title IV Part A
  • Activities authorized under Title I Part A
  • Activities authorized under Title III

Eligibility

Eligible school districts must have 20 percent or more of the students ages 5-17 from families with incomes below the poverty line; a Locale Code of 6, 7, or 8; AND are not eligible to receive a Small, Rural School Grant (as described above).

Accountability

Accountability requirements for participation in these three initiatives are that the district must administer the statewide assessment that is consistent with the Title I requirements and after the third year must show adequate yearly progress as defined in the new law. Only those school districts that have made adequate yearly progress may continue to participate in the programs. School districts that failed to make adequate yearly progress may continue to participate only if they use the applicable funding to carryout the requirements of Title I Section 1116 (school improvement provisions).

Resources

Stephanie Gullickson
Assistant Director
Fiscal Management
701-328-2176

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