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Title I Update. April 2014. Agenda. Title I Allocations What’s new in Title I Electronic Application New Policy for Homeless Community Eligibility Program SINA/DINA requirements. Title I Allocation. FY13 Actual- $83,471,134 FY14 Estimate- $85,068,142 FY15 Estimate- $85,191,593
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Title I UpdateApril 2014Iowa Department of EducationAgendaIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Title I AllocationsWhat’s new in Title I Electronic Application New Policy for HomelessCommunity Eligibility ProgramSINA/DINA requirementsTitle I AllocationIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014FY13 Actual- $83,471,134FY14 Estimate- $85,068,142FY15 Estimate- $85,191,593 http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html#updateThe state can set aside up to 4% of the Title I allocation for SINA allocationsSINA Allocations Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • 12-13 School year
  • SINA set aside $3,369,881
  • Number of SINA schools 188
  • Average SINA allocation $19,625
  • 13-14 School year
  • SINA set aside $3,338,845
  • Number of SINA schools 251
  • Average SINA allocation $14,447
  • What’s New In Title I Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Electronic application-
  • New application available in August, 2014
  • Title I applications are due September 15th
  • Regional workshops in August to provide training for the new system
  • What’s New in Title IIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014New Policy for Homeless Title I Requirements:Homeless children are by definition automatically eligible for Title I servicesRequires set aside reservation to be placed in Title I application budget for categorical fundingThis reservation requirement is not formula driven. The amount reserved is to be determined by the district, as appropriateRequires a description of the Title I services to be placed in the Title I applicationTitle I Set AsideIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Use Title I funds (including set-aside funds) to meet the basic needs of students experiencing homelessness (school supplies, health/hygiene supplies, clothing to meet school dress requirements)Use Title I funds to provide tutoring and/or outreach services to children and youth living in shelters, transitional living programs, motels, and other temporary residencesProhibited Uses of Title I Set AsideIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Do not pay for:
  • Rent (Never pay for rent with Title I funds)
  • Utilities
  • Clothing for parents
  • Transportation to/from the school of origin for the regular school day – (Prior to July 1, 2014 –see USDE policy change)
  • USDE Policy ChangeIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014FY 2014 Title I, Part A Funds Can be Used for School of Origin TransportationThis policy will apply to the FY2014 Title I, Part A funding The FY2014 omnibus funding bill included a significant policy change regarding the use of Title I, Part A funds to support homeless children and youth. The legislation specifically allows the use of Title I, Part A dollars to “…provide homeless children and youths with services not ordinarily provided to other students under those sections, including supporting the liaison designated pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(ii) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and providing transportation pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii) of such Act.”Policy change – cont’Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014This policy will apply to the FY2014 Title I, Part A funding (Basic Grants, Concentration Grants, and Targeted Grants) that becomes available to States on July 1, 2014. It reverses a U.S. Department of Education interpretation of the Title I, Part A statute which prohibited the use of Title I, Part A dollars to transport homeless children and youth to their schools of origin. It also clarifies that Title I, Part A dollars can serve the unique needs of homeless students by providing services different from those ordinarily provided with Title I, Part A funds, and that Title I, Part A funds can support McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons.The Congressional action in the FY2014 omnibus will allow school districts greater flexibility in how they use their Title I dollars to meet the needs of this vulnerable population, and therefore represents a significant victory for homeless children and youth. For more information about Title I and homelessness, including the requirement for school districts to reserve funds to provide educationally related support services to homeless children, visit this page of the NAEHCY web site.Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) for schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
  • All students enrolled in CEP schools are able to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.
  • Available next school year for those who qualify
  • More guidance to come
  • Notifications All SINA schoolsSchool ChoiceAll SINA schoolsTechnical AssistanceAll SINA schoolsSupplemental Educational ServicesSINA 2 and aboveCorrective ActionSINA 3 RestructuringSINA 4 and aboveDINA SINA/DINAIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014SINA Set-asidesIowa Department of Education – Title I April 201420% of the district allocation for Choice: ALL20% of the district allocation for Choice & Supplemental Education Services (SES): Year 2 +10% of building allocation for PD in area of identification: Year 1 & 2Year 3 + (or Delay 3) must ensure they have not reduced allocations to SINA 3 + (or Delay 3) schools by more than 15%The Notification of Unexpended Funds form must be submitted to release the required 20% for use in other areas. Notifications: ALL SINA schoolsIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Upon identification the LEA must use IDE templates to provide parents with the following information:
  • Reasons for and information about the identification
  • Comparison of building achievement to others in the LEA
  • Opportunities for parents to become involved
  • Information about school choice/transfer options including at least academic achievement levels at choice schools
  • Details about actions school is taking to address academic achievement
  • SES Notification: SINA 2 +Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014An LEA should work to ensure that parents have comprehensive, easy to understand information about SES [Section 1116(e)(2)]. An LEA’s notice to parents must:
  • Explain how parents can obtain SES for their child
  • Include the SEA list of approved providers within the LEA or its geographical location, including on-line providers
  • Describe briefly the services, qualifications and evidence of effectiveness for each provider
  • SES Notification: SINA 2 + cont’Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Indicate providers that are able to serve students with disabilities or LEP students
  • Include an explanation of the benefits of receiving SES
  • Application procedures
  • Explain how the LEA will notify parents about enrollment dates and start dates
  • Fair and equitable procedures for serving students if not all students can be served
  • District contact person
  • Choice: ALL SINA SchoolsIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Eligibility
  • ALL students of SINA schools
  • Priority is given to the lowest achieving, low income students
  • Eligible Schools that can receive students
  • Higher academic achievement
  • No SINA
  • Must offer more than one choice if availableChoice: ALL SINA SchoolsIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Length of Time for Choice
  • Until graduated from choice school
  • What if no schools are available?
  • Parents must still be notified of SINA status
  • Parents must be notified that no choices are available
  • Supplemental Educational Services(SES): SINA 2 +Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Funded with 20% set-aside funds
  • Only low-income students are eligible
  • Must offer services from approved provider list – family choice
  • Must post providers on LEA website, number of students eligible to receive service and number of students who participate
  • Supplemental Educational Services(SES): SINA 2 +Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • High quality, researched based tutorial programs
  • Designed to increase the academic achievement of children
  • Services aligned with district content, standards, and instruction
  • Outside the regular school day/year
  • Transportation not required by the district
  • State Role In SESIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Approve providersMonitor impact of servicesNotify districts of changes/updates with the lawSES – District RoleIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Notify parents of SESIf requested, assist parents in choosing a providerDetermine fair and equitable procedures for serving students if not all students can be servedEnsure that eligible students with disabilities and LEP students receive appropriate servicesEnter into contract with providerSES – District Role cont’Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Protect the privacy of students who are eligible for or receive SES
  • Prominently display on District website:
  • Number of students eligible for and the number of students who receive SES each year
  • The most current list of approved SES providers
  • Location of SES in the District
  • SESIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Providers may contact LEAs to discuss servicesLEAs should foster a cooperative relationship with SES providersThere must be two enrollment periods per year There are no “preferred” providersApproved providers can be found at https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/pk-12/2013/04/approved-supplemental-educational-services-providers-list-2012-08-20SES Issues Iowa Department of Education – Title I May 2013The USDE’s Office of Inspector General issued a report titled “Fraud in Title I-Funded Tutoring Programs”Most cases involved the knowing falsification of attendance and billing records by an SES provider and/or its employees.Recommendations:1. Facilitating Fraud Reporting2. Minimizing Conflicts of Interest3. Defining Limitations on Incentives for SES Participating4. Inclusion of Certification Language in Contracts for Services5. Extending Records Retention Periods SINA 3: Corrective ActionIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014The LEA must take at least one of the following actions:
  • Institute a new curriculum grounded in scientifically based research and provide appropriate professional development to support its implementation
  • Note the language: not just “research based”
  • Extend the length of the school year or school day
  • Replace the school staff who are deemed relevant to the school not making adequate progress
  • SINA 3: Corrective Action cont’Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Significantly decrease management authority at the school
  • Restructure the internal organization of the school
  • Note the object of “restructuring”: internal organization
  • Appoint one or more outside experts to advise the school (1) how to revise and strengthen the improvement plan it created while in school improvement status; and (2) how to address the specific issues underlying the school’s continued inability to make AYP
  • SINA 4 : Planning for RestructuringIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Continue to institute all prior actions. (School Choice, SES, corrective actions)Begin development of a restructuring planSINA 5: Restructuring Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014The LEA must choose one of the following alternative governance options for the restructuring plan, consistent with state law. 34 C.F.R. § 200.43(b)
  • Reopen the school as a public charter school
  • Replace all or most of the school staff, which may include the principal, who are relevant to the school’s inability to make AYP
  • SINA 5: Restructuring cont’dIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
  • Enter into a contract with an entity, such as a private management company, with a demonstrated record of effectiveness, to operate the school as a public school
  • Turn the operation of the school over to the SEA (not consistent with Iowa state law) or
  • Implement any other major restructuring of the school’s governance arrangement that is consistent with the NCLB principles of restructuring
  • SINA 5: Restructuring cont’dIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014Guidance can be found on the DE website- https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/no-child-left-behind/schools-and-districts-need-assistance-sinadina/guidance-schools-andDINA 1 & 2DINA 3+
  • Participate in outside technical assistance including the development of a corrective action plan
  • Implement a system of corrective action as defined by the state
  • Complete questions through the Consolidated Plan (C-Plan)
  • Reserve 10% of district Title I allocation for professional development in the area of identification
  • Iowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014SINA/DINA PlansIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014NCLB requires that a school in need of assistance develop a two-year planVery few changes needed for next year and schools will only need to rewrite their SINA/DINA plans if new requirements apply Building plans will include updates to the existing plans Technical Assistance: ALLIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014All Title I SINA schools required to submit SINA planContact Iowa Support Team for assistance:https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2013-2014IowaSupportTeamMembers.pdfSubmit plan through C-Plan on the Iowa Education Portal: https://portal.ed.iowa.gov/iowalandingpage/Landing.aspxIowa Department of Education – Title I April 2014
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