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1 Maximizing Resources Under the No Child Left Behind Act Region VII Comprehensive Center The University of Oklahoma David Gray

2 Region VII Comprehensive Center Purposes for this Session  Understand the range of federal funding opportunities by eligible applicant  Explore the flexibility provisions in No Child Left Behind including: Local Flex Transferability REAP

3 Region VII Comprehensive Center Maximizing Federal Resources  Targeted Federal Dollars School reform Reading Technology Professional Development Student Health and Safety Community Support Other  Flexibility Provisions LEA –Local Flex –Transferability –REAP Schools –Schoolwide Programs

4 Region VII Comprehensive Center NCLB Funding Opportunities:  Over 200 ED-sponsored programs listed at:  Desktop reference to all NCLB Act titles and major programs at:

5 Region VII Comprehensive Center NCLB Funding Opportunities– School Reform Program2004 Funding TypeEligible ApplicantsOther Title I A Concentration Grants, 7,037,283,200 1,365,031,000 F, EDLEALess than 2003 Same as 2003 CSR 233,613,500C, SEALEA Innovative Programs (25 Programs) 1,102,637,231F, SEALEA 21 st Century Community Learning Centers 999,070,500C, SEALEA, Nonprofit, For Profit, Local Community Charter Schools218,702,000SEA, Other Schools, Consortia

6 Region VII Comprehensive Center NCLB Funding Opportunities– Reading/Language/Literacy Program2004 Funding TypeEligible ApplicantsOther Reading First Early Reading First 1,023,923,000 94,439,500 C, SEALEA LEA, K-3 Includes 2005 advance Even Start 246,909,587C, SEALEA Language Acquisition (Title III) 681,214, st Century Community Learning Centers 999,070,500C, SEALEA, Nonprofit, For Profit, Local Community Literacy Through School Libraries 19,642,236C, EDLEA

7 Region VII Comprehensive Center NCLB Funding Opportunities– Technology Program2004 Funding TypeEligible ApplicantsOther Enhancing Education Through Technology 691,840,91350%F, 50%C SEA High Need LEA Innovative Programs Title V Part A 296,548,500C, EDSEA, LEA? 21 st Century Community Learning Centers 999,070,500C, SEALEA, Nonprofit, For Profit, Local Community Technology Component Star Schools 20,362,150C, EDPartnership with Telecom Entity

8 Region VII Comprehensive Center NCLB Funding Opportunities– Professional Development Program2004 Funding TypeEligible ApplicantsOther Improving Teacher Quality 2,930,126,132F, SEALEA Enhancing Education Through Technology 691,840,913 25% of State Grant for Prof. Development 50%F, 50%C SEA High Need LEA Teaching of Traditional American History 119,292,000C, EDLEA with history organization partner Title I Part A5% - 10% of Funds SEALEA

9 Region VII Comprehensive Center Purpose of NCLB Flexibility Provisions  Flexibility provisions are designed to allow SEAs, districts, and schools to refocus existing Federal dollars to assist them in meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP)

10 Region VII Comprehensive Center Flexibility Provisions in NCLB  LEA Local-Flex Transferability REAP  Schools Schoolwide Programs  SEAs State-Flex Transferability

11 Region VII Comprehensive Center Local-Flex: Eligible Program Funds for Consolidation 100% of formula-based funds under:  Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting (Subpart 2 of Part A of Title II)  Enhancing Education through Technology (Subpart 1 of Part D of Title II)  Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Subpart 1 of Part A of Title IV)  Innovative Programs (Subpart 1 of Part A of Title V)

12 Region VII Comprehensive Center Local-Flex  Secretary may enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements with up to 80 LEAs  LEA may consolidate and use selected Federal funds for any educational purpose under ESEA  Selected on a competitive basis  No more than three agreements per state  Up to 4% of the total can be used for administrative purposes  Local-Flex LEAs can’t be in states with State- Flex authority

13 Region VII Comprehensive Center Local-Flex, State Priority  States have the priority to seek State-Flex before districts may apply for Local- Flex.  If the SEA registers an intent to seek State-Flex, districts in that State cannot seek Local-Flex agreements until a final determination is made concerning that State-Flex application.

14 Region VII Comprehensive Center States Seeking State-Flex in 2002  Alabama  Arizona  Colorado  Delaware  Florida  Illinois  Massachusetts  Nebraska  Pennsylvania  Tennessee  Texas

15 Region VII Comprehensive Center States and LEAs Awarded Flexibility Authority to Date  State-Flex Award Florida  Local-Flex Award Seattle There was a posting in the March 18, 2004 Federal Register inviting new State and Local-Flex awards with no deadline for submission.

16 Region VII Comprehensive Center Local-Flex Eligibility  Submit a proposed Local-Flex agreement (developed in consultation with parents and other educators) that includes a five-year plan describing how the LEA would consolidate and use funds from programs included in the agreement to Meet the State’s definition of adequate yearly progress Advance the educational priorities of the LEA, Meet the general purposes of the included programs: –to improve student achievement, and –to narrow achievement gaps

17 Region VII Comprehensive Center Local-Flex True or False 1. Funds consolidated under Local Flex may be used for Title I purposes. 2. Under Local-Flex, an LEA may use its consolidated funds for any purpose authorized under ESEA. 3. Local-Flex agreements are for 3 years. 4. Use of funds under Local-Flex authority is less restricted than under transferability 5. An LEA may only use 4% of the funds consolidated under the Local-Flex plan for administrative purposes. 1. True 2. True 3. False 4. True 5. True

18 Region VII Comprehensive Center For Further Information on Local-Flex, contact: Jill Straton, Raymond Simon (202) Application Package: pl04.doc

19 Region VII Comprehensive Center LEA Transferability  NCLB authorizes LEAS to transfer up to 50% of the following formula grant funds to any of these programs Training and Recruitment, Section 2121 Technology, Section 2412 (a)(2)(A) Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Section 4112(b)(1) Innovative Programs, Section 5112(a) Title I (Funds may only be transferred into Title I-none can be transferred out)

20 Region VII Comprehensive Center LEAs in Improvement Status  LEAS identified for improvement may only transfer up to 30% of their funds from the designated programs to its allocation for school improvement under Sec. 1003, or to any other allowable allocation but only for the purpose to conduct improvement activities consistent with Sec LEAs in corrective action cannot use transferability provisions.

21 Region VII Comprehensive Center Transferability Requirements  For each transfer, the LEA must: Modify its local plan or application Notify the SEA of the transfer no later than 30 days before the effective date of the transfer (include program from which funds are being transferred, amount, program to which funds are being transferred, and set the effective date of the transfer) Submit its modified plan to SEA no later that 30 days after the date of the transfer  Equitable private school participation and consultation applies

22 Region VII Comprehensive Center Transferability Requirements  Transferred funds are subject to the requirements of the programs to which funds are transferred. Note: Some programs have less stringent reporting requirements and allow more flexibility in spending.  The LEA must use the total amount available to a program in the fiscal year as the base for calculating the amount available for transfer. Note: The amount available to a program includes both the grant amount and any funds transferred into the program under the transferability option. More than one transfer is possible in a fiscal year.

23 Region VII Comprehensive Center Example  Education technology formula grant funds available  Funds transferred into the technology program from another eligible program  Amount that can now be transferred at the 50% rate $10,000 $5000 $7500

24 Region VII Comprehensive Center Carryover Funds  Transfer of carryover funds depends on the amount of funds, if any, transferred during the year preceding the carryover period.  If an LEA transfers less than 50 percent of a program’s formula grant allocation in a given year, it may transfer funds carried over to the succeeding year, as long as the total of the amount transferred does not exceed 50 percent of the base year’s allocation for that program.

25 Region VII Comprehensive Center Example  Technology formula grant amount  Amount that could be transferred (up to 50%)  Actual amount transferred to another program  Amount available after transfer in the base year  Amount remaining at the end of the base year (carryover)  Amount from carryover that can be transferred (base year allowable transfer minus amount actually transferred $5000- $3000=$2000) $10,000 ($5000) ($3000) $7000 $3000 $2000

26 Region VII Comprehensive Center TransferabilityLocal-Flex Available Funds50% of each of the targeted programs 100% of each of the targeted programs PurposesTransfer between same programs or into Title I (but not out) ANY purpose authorized under ESEA RestrictionsTransferred funds subject to requirements of receiving program Must meet additional specific, measurable goals and narrow achievement gaps Must meet AYP under Title I

27 Region VII Comprehensive Center Transferability: True or False Quiz 1. LEAs may never transfer funds from Title I to another program. 2. LEAs may transfer all of their money to Title I. 3. Using the Transferability authority is easy. 4. An LEA may transfer funds no more than 12 times. 5. LEAs must report the amount of money to be transferred and the programs from which and to which funds will be transferred. 6. LEAs must have approval in order to transfer funds. 7. All LEAs are eligible to participate in the Transferability authority 8. ED specifies how LEAs account for transferred funds. 9. Before transferring funds, an SEA and an LEA must consult with private school officials. 1. True 2. False 3. True 4. False 5. True 6. False 7. False 8. False 9. True

28 Region VII Comprehensive Center Transferability Guidance

29 Region VII Comprehensive Center Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Title VI, Part B  Alternative Uses of Funds Authority (REAP-Flex) Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Grant Program (formula grants to LEAs from ED) Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Program (formula or competitive from state) Note: An LEA eligible for SRSA cannot receive funds under RLIS

30 Region VII Comprehensive Center General Purposes of REAP-Flex and SRSA Grants  Address unique needs of rural school districts, e.g. Lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal grants Receive formula grant allocations too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes Assist LEA to make AYP

31 Region VII Comprehensive Center Eligibility for REAP-Flex and SRSA Grants  LEAS with a total average daily attendance (ADA) of less than 600 students  Where each school is located in a county with a total population density of less than 10 persons per square mile  Where all of the schools in the LEA are designated with a School Locale Code of 7 or 8 by NCES, or  The LEA is in an area of the state defined rural by a state government agency (ED must approve of the state definition)  A list of eligible districts is available at

32 Region VII Comprehensive Center Alternative Uses of Funds Title II, subpart 2 Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Title II, sec. 2412(a)(2)(A) Educational Technology State Grants Title IV, sec Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Title V, Part A Innovative Programs State Grants Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children Title II, Part A Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Title II, Part D Educational Technology State Grants Title III Language Instruction for LEP and Immigrant Students Title IV, Part A Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Title IV, Part B 21 st Century Community Learning Centers Title V, Part A Innovative Programs State Grants

33 Region VII Comprehensive Center Eligibility for RLIS  20% or more of the children 5-17 served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line  Where all of the schools in the LEA are designated with a School Locale Code of 6, 7, or 8 by NCES, or  The LEA is not eligible to participate in the SRSA program  Charter schools may receive RLIS grants directly only if the charter school is also an LEA that meets eligibility requirements.  States award funds either by formula or competitively. Not all eligible LEAs will receive RLIS grants

34 Region VII Comprehensive Center Use of RLIS Funds  Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives  Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to use technology to improve teaching and to train teachers of students with special needs  Educational technology, including software and hardware that meets the requirements of Title II, Part D  Parental involvement activities  Activities under Title I, Part A  Activities under the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities state grants program  Activities under Title III, language instruction for LEP and immigrant students

35 Region VII Comprehensive Center For Further Information on REAP-Flex, SRSA, or RISL, contact: Robert Hitchcock (202) Or contact your state REAP Coordinator (list on next slide) REAP Guidance:

36 Region VII Comprehensive Center State REAP Coordinators StateCoordinatorContact Info IllinoisCheryl Ivy IndianaPhyllis Usher KansasJudi Miller MissouriDee Beck NebraskaMarilyn Peterson OklahomaLeslie Hobson

37 Region VII Comprehensive Center Maximizing Resources  Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it. Henry David Thoreau 2004 Reading First and Early Reading First Appropriation=$1,118,362,500 Northrop Grumman B-2A Stealth Bomber= $1,300,000,000


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