Presentation on theme: "TITLE I PROGRAM DIRECTORS TRAINING"— Presentation transcript:
1TITLE I PROGRAM DIRECTORS TRAINING WelcomeThank you for coming today and most of all…(point to the screen)…thank you for your anticipated attention!We will discuss components related to Title I administration in the context of what you need to know. Some things may be familiar, but some things are also very new.Let’s begin with introductions… I am (state your name and office) and my colleagues are (state their names).Let’s begin. . .Developed by the Office of Title I
2Workshop Goals and Objectives To provide an overview of Title I requirements that must be implemented in schools and districts.To enable the program director to implement Title I policies at the school and district level.To provide technical assistance and support to the Title I program director(others) responsible for Title I program design and implementation.Workshop Goals and ObjectivesGood Morning.Introductions and Logistics.The purpose of today’s session is to provide you with technical assistance in implementing the Title I Program in your Title I district. The primary audience for the training is Title I directors and central office personnel involved in school improvement in the district. The module provides the following for Program Directors:A fundamental overview of Title I policies under the federal Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).A fundamental understanding of how Title I policies are implemented at the district and school levelsTechnical assistance and support in developing an effective local school program design and providing you with resources that are available to assist you in meeting your achievement goals.
3Agenda Overview of Elementary and Secondary Education Act Intents and Purpose of Title IEligibilityComprehensive Needs AssessmentProgram RequirementsSupplement vs. SupplantServing Nonpublic School StudentsProfessional DevelopmentParaprofessionalsFamily and Community EnagagementESEA FlexibilityAgendaToday’s agenda is outlined in the following eleven sections. The sections are critical to the articulation of Title I policies and programs at the district and school level. The first segment relates to programmatic responsibilities associated with Title I policies and the second segment relates to the specific components associated with the legislation.An Overview of the Elementary and Secondary ActA Single Accountability SystemDetermining Title I Eligibility for Public Schools and Private SchoolsScientifically Based Research ProgramsTargeted Assistance and Schoolwide ProgramsProfessional Development in Title I SchoolsParaprofessionalsParental InvolvementSchool Choice and Supplemental Educational ServicesWeb Site Information
5Signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965
6Title I, Part A: Intent and Purpose Public Law Section : Improving the Academic Achievement of the DisadvantagedImproving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies (LEA) provides supplemental funding to state and LEAs for resources to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide a high quality education that will enable all children to meet the state’s student performance standards.
7Title I - A Brief History Elementary and Secondary Education ActEducational Consolidation and Improvement Act (Chapter 1)Reauthorized – focus on accountabilityImproving America’s Schools Act (Title I)No Child Left BehindNew Rules – CFR 200Secretary’s Blueprint for Reform2011- ESEA Flexibility Waivers2014- Renewal of ESEA Flexibility Waivers
8Scope of Title I-Nationwide School Year*Federal allocation of over $14 billionTitle I represents the largest federal elementary and secondary education programOver 66,000 schoolsOver 23 million students served*US Department of Ed-Data Express (http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/index.cfm
9Scope of Title I in New Jersey School YearAllocation of $302,805,798388, 681 students served (over 7,000 nonpublic)Supplemented instructional programs in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and CTEProvided support services: guidance, medical, dental, eye care (Title I Schoolwide and Homeless)
10DETERMINING TITLE I ELIGIBILITY Determining Title I Eligibility The next section that will be addressed refers to Title I Eligibility for public and private schools.
11Eligibility Eligible School Attendance Area (§1113) The proportion of economically disadvantaged students in a school determines the amount of funds that may go to a school.Any student enrolled in an eligible school may receive Title I services if they are low achieving.All Title I funds must be distributed and accounted for.Low-income nonpublic school students in served school attendance areas must receive an equitable share.Eligible School Attendance Areas − DefinitionThe term “school attendance area” means, in relation to a particular school, the geographical area in which the children who are normally served by that school reside.The term “eligible school attendance area” means a school attendance area in which the percentage of children from low-income families is at least as high as the percentage of children from low-income families served by the LEA as a whole.
12Poverty Criteria or Measures EligibilitySelect poverty criteria: Free/reduced lunch, TANF, Medicaid, Composite, Feeder MethodRank Schools: Based on the percentage (not number) of children from low-income families.Serve Schools75% rulePoverty rate at/above district poverty rateGrade-span groupingPoverty rate below 35%Per pupil expenditure calculated at 125% or 1.25 times the district per pupil amountPoverty rate ≥ 35%Poverty Criteria or MeasuresThe district is required to use the same measure of poverty to determine the eligibility of educationally and economically disadvantaged students. The following measures individually or in composite are used to determine Title I eligibility with respect to all school attendance areas in the district:1. The number of children ages 5 through 17 in poverty counted in the most recent census data approved by the USDOE.2. The number of children eligible for free and reduced-price lunches under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.3. The number of children in families receiving assistance under the state program funded under Title IV, Part A of the Social Security Act.4. The number of children eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program.Exception: This does not apply to an LEA with a total enrollment of less than 1,000 children.Definition: TANF – Temporary Aid to Needy Families
13COMPREHENSIVE NEEDS ASSESSMENT Definition: A comprehensive needs assessment is required for planning Title I programs; a needs assessment must be completed for the district and each school identified as in need of improvement. Essentially, the needs assessment enables the school to identify its strengths and weaknesses for specific population categories, including student subgroups and other stakeholders. Using the needs assessment, the school/district can assess how well the school is closing the achievement gap, identify priority problems, and select program activities that address the priority problems to help improve student academic achievement. Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment helps school planners focus on schoolwide issues and link goals with data. An excellent resource to follow is the U.S. Department of Education’s, Implementing Schoolwide Programs: An Idea Book on Planning.
14Comprehensive Needs Assessment Includes the input of all stakeholder groupsTeachers, administrators, families, community members, students (if appropriate) and technical assistance providersOngoing process that is summarized in the district’s Consolidated ApplicationFoundation for the use of Title I fundsExpenditures not supported by comprehensive needs assessment are not “necessary and reasonable.”
15Data-Driven Decision Making Purpose: Enable schools to identify their strengths and weaknesses, so they can specify priority problems and plan activities to help improve student achievement and meet state academic standards. The following can be used:State assessmentsDistrict commercial tests and other dataTeacher tests and observationsSurveys and stakeholder inputComprehensive Needs AssessmentDefinition: A comprehensive needs assessment is required for planning Title I programs; a needs assessment must be completed for the district and each school identified as in need of improvement. Essentially, the needs assessment enables the school to identify its strengths and weaknesses for specific population categories, including student subgroups and other stakeholders. Using the needs assessment, the school/district can assess how well the school is closing the achievement gap, identify priority problems, and select program activities that address the priority problems to help improve student academic achievement. Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment helps school planners focus on schoolwide issues and link goals with data. An excellent resource to follow is the U.S. Department of Education’s, Implementing Schoolwide Programs: An Idea Book on Planning.Sources:Section 1116Implementing Schoolwide Programs: An Ideal Book on Planning; U.S. Department of Education; p. 42
16Priority ProblemsThe problems selected by the district require an adequate description that identifies the following:The target populationThe causes of the problemThe identification of the data sourceThe analysis of the data, areas to be measuredThe measurement toolThe specific school targetsComprehensive Needs AssessmentThe purpose of the comprehensive needs assessment is to show the strengths and weaknesses through the use of data. The LEA is required to identify the problems and the target population associated with a problem area. In addition, the LEA must provide the causes of the problems, the identification of the data source, the analysis of the data, the measurement tools used, and the specific school targets.Sources:Titles I-A, I-D, II-A, II-D, III-A, IV-A, V-A, VI-BNCLB sections 1112, 1116, 2122, 2414, 3115, 4114, 5133, and 6223
17TITLE I PROGRAM DESIGN Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide Programs The following slides will discuss the schoolwide programs and targeted assistance schools and their implementation according to the federal guidelines proposed in section 1114 (schoolwide programs) and section 1115 (targeted assistance schools).It will also provide guidance in assessing the needs of the school to identify which program option works best within a particular school.
18Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide Programs Title I supports schools in implementing either a school-wide program or a targeted assistance program. These programs must use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research.SchoolwidePoverty Threshold 40%Targeted AssistanceAssessing the Needs of the District/School: Targeted Assistance vs. Schoolwide ProgramsA schoolwide program permits a school to use funds from Title I, Part A and other federal education program funds and resources to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for all the students. This contrasts with a Title I targeted assistance program through which Title I, Part A funds are used only for supplementary educational services for eligible children who are failing or at risk of failing to meet state standards. The new poverty threshold is forty percent. The LEA determines if a school’s poverty level makes it eligible to become a schoolwide program. In addition, the school, in consultation with its district, decides that it wants to become a schoolwide program, and if high-quality assistance and support is available to the school. This can be demonstrated in one of two ways:1. The state has provided written information to the LEA that demonstrates the SEA has established a statewide system of support and improvement.2. The school demonstrates to its LEA that it will receive high-quality technical assistance and support from other assistance providers.Sources:Schoolwide Policy (section 1114):Targeted Assistance Policy (section 1115):School wide Programs (federal guidance):Targeted Assistance Schools (federal guidance):
19Targeted Assistance Programs (TAS) Title I funds are used only for services for eligible children who are failing or at risk of failing to meet state standards.Eight required program componentsMust identify student eligibility for services.
20Targeted Assistance Programs (TAS) Establish entrance and exit criteria based on multiple, objective, and uniform criteria such as:Assessment results, teacher recommendations, and parent recommendationsChildren who have the greatest academic need receive Title I servicesDistricts may need to prioritize the student selection to provide a meaningful programTitle I Targeted Assistance Schools – Section 1115A targeted assistance school generally identifies eligible children within the school on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria established by the LEA and supplemented by the school.Children from preschool through grade two must be selected solely on the basis of such criteria as teacher judgment, interviews with parents, and developmentally appropriate measures that determine which children are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging content and student performance standards.From the universe of eligible children in a targeted assistance school, the school selects those children who have the greatest need for special assistance to receive Part A services.Because it is likely that a school will not have sufficient Part A resources to provide services to all eligible children, the school must make some informed choices concerning which children to serve. These choices are difficult because they inevitably result in some children being selected before other children who may also have significant needs. School staff, in consultation with the LEA and based on a review of all the information available about the performance of eligible children, must use their best professional judgment in making these choices. It is not so simple as merely selecting a cut-off score on an assessment measure. School staff will necessarily need to balance the needs of different populations.For example, most schools will likely need to concentrate Part A resources in certain grades or in certain subjects to the exclusion of children in the grades or subjects not being served. Similarly, a school may decide that some children who are homeless have greater needs because, for instance, homeless children may likely face problems of attendance and homework completion due to recurrent moves and, therefore, may be at greater risk of failure than some other children who are not faced with the disruption associated with homelessness. Furthermore, schools and LEAs that focus strongly on family literacy, for example, may add the additional educationally-related criterion of the educational level of parents when selecting those children who are most in need of Part A assistance from the eligible pool of students to be served.Sources:Targeted Assistance Policy (section 1115):Targeted Assistance Schools (federal guidance):
21Targeted Assistance Programs (TAS) Eight Essential Components (§1115)Assist students in reaching state standardsAre based on effective means for improving student achievementEnsure appropriate planningUse instructional strategies effectively by minimizing pull-out and offering in-class support or extended day and summer programsCoordinate with and support regular education programs such as pupil services (counseling, mentoring) and transition programsOffer instruction by highly qualified staffProvide professional developmentUse strategies to increase parental involvementTargeted Assistance SchoolsTitle I, Part A provides a clear goal―to enable participating children to achieve challenging state content and performance standards. To meet this goal, section 1115(c) requires that each targeted assistance program include eight components that research suggests are essential to any high-functioning program, including:Use Title I, Part A resources to help participating children meet the state’s student performance standards expected for all children.2. Be based on effective means for improving achievement of children.3. Ensure that planning for participating students is incorporated into existing school planning.4. Use effective instructional strategies that give primary consideration to providing extended learning time such as an extended school year, before- and after-school, and summer programs and opportunities. Help provide an accelerated, high-quality curriculum. Minimize removing children from the regular classroom during regular school hours for Title I, Part A instruction.5. Coordinate with and support the regular education program, which may include counseling, mentoring, and other pupil services; integrating college and career awareness and preparation; services to prepare students for the transition from school to work; and services to assist preschool children’s transition to elementary school.6. Provide instruction by highly qualified staff.7. Provide professional development opportunities with Title I, Part A resources, and other resources, to the extent feasible, for administrators, teachers, and other school staff who work with participating children.8. Provide strategies to increase parental involvement, such as family literacy services.Sources:Targeted Assistance Policy (section 1115):Targeted Assistance Schools (federal guidance):
22Targeted Assistance Programs (TAS) Instructional and Programmatic StrategiesIn- class supportExtended year programsSummer programsTransition programsCoachesTest prep classesSpecified professional development
23Schoolwide Programs 34 CFR 200.25 “[t]he purpose of a schoolwide program is to improve academic achievement throughout a school so that all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students, demonstrate proficiency related to the State's academic standards . . .”Schoolwide Programs – Section 1114An LEA may consolidate and use Title I, Part A funds blended with other federal, state, and local funds in order to upgrade the entire educational program of a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families. In regards to the identification of students, when a school opts to implement a schoolwide program, identification of students is not required. NCLB section 1114 further explains the identification of children within a schoolwide program and states that, “No school participating in a schoolwide program shall be required to do the following:1. To identify particular children under this part as eligible to participate in a schoolwide program.2. To provide services to such children that are supplementary, as otherwise required by section A(b).”Sources:Schoolwide Policy (section 1114):Schoolwide Programs (federal guidance):
24Schoolwide Programs (SW) Criteria (§1114)Title I funds are used to upgrade the educational program of the entire school to meet the state’s academic standards.40 percent or more of the students enrolled in the school, or residing in the school attendance areas, must be from low-income families.A comprehensive needs assessment must be conducted.The district must meet with stakeholder group when developing the schoolwide planSchoolwide Programs – Section 1114An LEA may consolidate and use Title I, Part A funds blended with other federal, state, and local funds in order to upgrade the entire educational program of a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families. In regards to the identification of students, when a school opts to implement a schoolwide program, identification of students is not required. NCLB section 1114 further explains the identification of children within a schoolwide program and states that, “No school participating in a schoolwide program shall be required to do the following:1. To identify particular children under this part as eligible to participate in a schoolwide program.2. To provide services to such children that are supplementary, as otherwise required by section A(b).”Sources:Schoolwide Policy (section 1114):Schoolwide Programs (federal guidance):
25Ten (10) Components of a Schoolwide Program COMPREHENSIVE NEEDS ASSESSMENTINCREASE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENTSCHOOLWIDE REFORM STRATEGIESTRANSITION OF PRESCHOOL CHILDRENHIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERSTEACHER DECISIONS REGARDING ASSESSMENTPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTASSISTANCE TOAT-RISK STUDENTSRECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OFCOORDINATION & INTEGRATION OF SERVICES & PROGRAMS
26Title I Schoolwide Plan Reflects 10 components of a schoolwide programsAnnual requirementSubmitted with district’s Consolidated Application
27Title I Schoolwide Plan The schoolwide plan must include the following three elements:A description of how the school will implement the mandatory schoolwide program components described below;A description of how the school will use resources from Title I and other resources to implement those components; andA list of federal, state, and local programs that will be consolidated in the schoolwide program.
28Stakeholder Engagement ESEA §1114(b)(2)(B)(ii) The schoolwide plan should be developed with the involvement of parents and other members;Provide all students in the school the opportunity to meet the state’s proficient and advanced levels of student academic achievement;Use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research; andStrengthen the core academic program in the school.
29A school operating a schoolwide program must— Evaluation 34 CFR § (c)A school operating a schoolwide program must—Annually evaluate the implementation of, and results achieved by, the schoolwide program, using data from the State's annual assessments and other indicators of academic achievement;Determine whether the schoolwide program has been effective in increasing the achievement of students in meeting the State's academic standards, particularly for those students who had been furthest from achieving the standards; andRevise the plan, as necessary, based on the results of the evaluation, to ensure continuous improvement of students in the schoolwide program.
30Needs Assessment ESEA §1114(b)(1)(A) Schools must perform a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school.The assessment must be based upon information that includes the achievement of children in relation to the State academic content standards and the State student academic achievement standards.
31Reform Strategies ESEA§1114(b)(I)(B) Provide all students in the school the opportunity to meet the state’s proficient and advanced levels of student academic achievementUse effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based researchStrengthen the core academic program in the school
32Reform Strategies ESEA§1114(b)(I)(B) Increase the amount and quality of learning time (i.e., extended school year , before and after school programs, and summer programs)Provide an enriched and accelerated curriculumMeet the educational needs of historically underserved populationsInclude strategies to address the needs of ALL children in the school (particularly, the needs of low-achieving students)
33Family and Community Engagement ESEA§1114(b)(1)(F) Schoolwide plans must contain strategies to involve families and the community in assisting children to do well in schoolFamilies and communities must be involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the schoolwide program
35Supplement Not Supplant Schoolwide ProgramsSchoolwide Programs: Programs and services do not have to be supplemental; Title I funds used to support the program must be supplemental.District cannot reduce schools’ state/local funding based on an increased Title I allocation.The amount of state/local funding to schools must be sufficient to support the school’s basic educational program.Documentation that schools have enough state/local funds to fully operate without federal funds.District must be able isolate the state/local funds needed for schools in current year and prior years.
36Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistant Programs and District-Level ExpendituresPresumption of supplantingThe district has used the Title I funds to provide services that the district was required to make available under federal, state or local law.The district used Title I funds to provide services it provided with non-federal funds in the prior year(s).The district has used Title I funds to provide services for participating children that it provided with non-federal funds for non-participating children.
37Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosDistrict has 3 elementary schools. School A and B are Title I-funded schools with a Targeted Assistance Program. School C is not a Title I school. The district wants to pay the salaries of its basic skills teachers in School A and B with Title I funds and will pay the salaries of its basic skills teachers in School C with local funds. Is this allowable?NO! This is supplanting.
38Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosA district with a Targeted Assistance Program has an afterschool program for its Title I students. With Title I funds, it wants to pay the salary of the Title I teacher, instructional materials for the students in this afterschool program, and iPads for the students to use as part of the program. Are all of these things allowable?YES! All of these costs are supplemental and used for Title I teachers/students only.
39Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosThe school would like to send all of its Math teachers to a Math Recovery professional development program that provides a powerful mathematics intervention framework that gives teachers the unique techniques and assessment tools they need to help elementary children achieve lifetime results. Is this allowable?NO! In a Targeted Assistance program, Title I funds for professional development may benefit Title I staff only.
40Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosThe school wants to contract with reading expert to provide onsite professional development on techniques and assessment tools to help low-achieving students achieve lifetime results. The school would like every teacher to participate in the professional development. Is this allowable?YES! The district may pay for a consultant/expert to come to school district to provide professional development that primarily benefits Title I staff. The other teachers may attend as "incidental benefit."
41Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosA Title I school with a Targeted Assistance Program would like to put in three SmartBoards in English language arts classes where the majority of students (about 70%) are Title I. Is this allowed?NO! Title I instructional equipment may benefit Title I students only.
42Supplement Not Supplant Targeted Assistance Program ScenariosA Title I school with a Targeted Assistance Program would like to use Title I funds to hire a data analyst, a Math Coach and a Literacy Coach. Is this allowed?Possibly, but not advisable! The services of these staff would have to be limited to Title I students only. This is a high bar to meet in a targeted assistance program, so it is advisable for the district to use it state/local funds for these positions.
44Equitable Service Provision ESEA §1120 Requires districts receiving Title I, Part A funds to provide services to:Eligible nonpublic studentsTeachers of eligible nonpublic school studentsFamilies of eligible nonpublic school students
45Equitable Services Why? Census poverty data includes low-income families with nonpublic school childrenCensus poverty data used to determine districts’ Title I allocationsChild Benefit Theory: Funds benefit child ONLY
46Child Benefit Theory 34 CFR § 200.66 Title I services benefits the “individual” child, NOT the entire school.Services are provided by the district, not the nonpublic schoolChild Benefit Theory complies with the Constitutional Prohibition against Federal funding- No funds are to EVER go to the nonpublic school!
49Equitable Service Provision ESEA §1120 Step 2: Counting Resident Nonpublic StudentsEnrollment data: match resident nonpublic students to their public school attendance areaLow-income data: Contact schools enrolling resident nonpublic studentsVarious methods: survey, extrapolation, proportionality, equated m
50Equitable Service Provision ESEA §1120 Step 3: Generating Nonpublic AllocationsWho: Nonpublic students who 1) live in the attendance area of a Title I public school and 2) come from low-income familiesHow: District enters enrollment and low-income numbers into its annual Title I, Part A applicationHow much: The same per-pupil amount as public schools students residing in the Title I attendance area
51Participation of Students Enrolled in Private Schools (ESEA § 1120 ) An eligible private school student resides in the participating attendance area of the school district and is selected on the same basis as targeted assistance students.The district in consultation with non-public school official(s) MUST establish clearly defined entrance and exit criteria to meet the needs of eligible nonpublic school children using multiple, educationally related, objective criteria (i.e. Achievement tests, teacher referral/recommendations based upon objective, and educationally related criteria; and grades)
52Allocating Funds District reserves off the top – If a district reserves funds for instructional related activities for public school students at the district level, the district must also provide from these funds equitable services to eligible nonpublic school children.Amount of funds must be proportional to the number of nonpublic school children from low-income families residing in public school attendance areas.
53Allocating Funds Not eligible for equitable services N&D/ HomelessEligible for equitable servicesParental InvolvementProfessional DevelopmentDistrictwide Instructional Programs1% of 500,000 Title I monies – private school is eligible for equitable services5% of allocation for professional development – “ “$ must be proportional to the # of private school children from low-income families residing in participating public school attendance areas.
54ConsultationConsultation between the public school and private schools, during the design and development of the programs:Must be timely and meaningful.Must take place on an annual basis, and be documented by the district: sign in sheets, agenda, written affirmation.Must continue throughout the year, to ensure the needs of private school students are being met.Shall occur before the school district makes any decision that affects the opportunities of eligible private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel to participate.
55Delivery of ServicesUnder control and supervision of the public school.The public school maintains control of all materials, supplies, equipment, and property acquired with Title I funds for the benefit of eligible private school students.Services for private school children must begin at the same time as services for public school children.
56Delivery of ServicesKey word is services. No public funds are distributed to private schools, only services and materials..
57Delivery of Services Examples Instructional services outside the regular classroom.Extended learning time (before/after school and in the summer).Family literacy programs.Counseling programs.Early childhood.Home tutoring.Computer-assisted instruction.
58Delivery of ServicesMaterials and supplies purchased with Title I funds may ONLY be used by the “identified” Title I students in the Title I program.Must be supplemental and may not replace or supplant services that would, in the absence of Title I, be provided by nonpublic school to participating nonpublic school children.Services must be provided in a separate space that is under the LEAs controlIf services are being provided in a library or private school classroom, the space must be separated and partitioned offComputer equipment and other supplies purchased with Title I monies may be used only by Title I students in the Title I program
59EvaluationThe district in conjunction with nonpublic officials MUST define ‘annual progress’ for nonpublic school Title I participants. If annual progress is not met, the district in conjunction with nonpublic officials must modify the Title I program.
60PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Professional Development in Title I SchoolsThe next series of slides will focus on professional development in Title I schools.
61Professional Development Must be sustained, high-quality, classroom-focused training in core content areas and strategies that workUse of Title I funds for PD will vary depending upon Title I programTitle I teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and other staff may participate.
62Allowable UsesStrategies tied to the state’s academic standards, state student performance standards and consistent with the district’s needs assessmentActivities involving parents in the education of their childrenActivities addressing the needs of teachers in Title I schools and students most “academically” at-riskActivities incorporating teaching strategies in the CCSS/CCCS areas for meeting the needs of “academically” at-risk studentsProfessional Development PlansProfessional development plans for both targeted assistance schools and schoolwide programs must provide highly qualified instructional staff to address the needs of disadvantaged children and youth. Professional development plans must be developed that improve the teaching of the academic subjects and be consistent with state content standards, in order to enable all children to meet the state’s student performance standards. The plans must also include activities that address parents, and address the specific needs of the teacher.The plans should also coordinate with the existing professional development programs in the district.
63PARAPROFESSIONALSThe next series of slides will provide information related to paraprofessionals according to the NCLB Act of 2001.
64RequirementsInstructional paraprofessionals in targeted assistance and schoolwide programs MUST meet one of the following criteria:Have an Associate’s Degree or higherCompleted two years of college courseworkPassed a rigorous test showing the ability to assist with the teaching of reading, writing, and mathematicsTitle I Paraprofessionals RequirementsNCLB introduced several requirements for paraprofessionals. By January 8, 2002, all newly hired paraprofessionals must meet stringent requirements. The paraprofessionals are required to meet at least one of the following options:Possess an Associate’s Degree with approximately 60 credits in a single discipline (e.g., Language Arts Literacy or a discipline in a non-educational field such as business)2. Two years of college, or 48 credits (not including remedial/development courses)3. An assessment/test (e.g., ETS Parapro Assessment)Previously hired paraprofessionals had until January 8, 2006, to meet these requirements.Sources:Section 1119107 Congress
65DutiesProvide one-on-one tutoring when a student is not being instructed by a teacher.Assist with classroom management.Provide instructional assistance in a computer lab.Conduct parental involvement activities.Provide support in a library/media center.Act as a translator.Provide instructional support under the direct supervision of a teacher.Paraprofessionals who perform any of these duties on a full-time basis are exempt:Conduct parental involvement activitiesAct as a translatorProvide personal care servicesAssist in a library/clerical role
66FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Parental InvolvementThe next section includes policy regulations concerning how parental involvement activities should be conducted, taken from NCLB sections 1111, 1112, 1116, and The sections may be briefly described as follows:The Purpose of State PlansSection 1111 “State Plans” describes how states are required to develop a plan that will support LEAs and schools with effective parental involvement practices, annual school report cards, Parents Right-to-Know, parental notification, and language education programs.The Process of NotificationSection 1116 “Notification” describes how the LEA is required to promptly notify parents of each student enrolled in an elementary or secondary school identified for school improvement or restructuring, in an understandable and uniform format and in a language that parents can understand, of the school’s status.The LEA and School Roles to Parents They ServeSection 1118 describes how the LEA and school are required to establish a written parent involvement policy, school-parent compacts, and build capacity for parental involvement.
67Why Family and Community Engagement? It is required by law.It helps raise student achievement.
68Family and Community Engagement Parent involvement is one form of family and community engagementThe Title I statute defines the term “parental involvement” as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.
69Family and Community Engagement Applies to all Title I districts & schools.Comprehensive and based upon families’ needs.Benefit the greatest number Title I families who have children being served in Title I programs.One-percent reserve of Title I allocations over $500,000.Parental Involvement FundsIf an LEA receives over $500,000 in Title I funds, it is required to allocate 1 percent of Title I funds for parental involvement activities. Districts are required to allocate not less than 1 percent of their Title I allocation for parent involvement programs, including promoting family literacy and parenting skills (section 1118).Exception: If the school’s allocation is $500,000 or less, this reservation does not apply. However, the requirements to involve parents still apply.Districts must allocate 95% of the parent involvement funds to school level activities.Sources:Section 1118
70Family and Community Engagement District Set-AsidesDistricts receiving $500,000 or more in Title I, Part A funds must set aside, at minimum, 1% for family & community engagement purposes, including promotion of family literacy and developing parenting skills. 95% of the district set-sides must be allocated to Title I buildings for building-level family and community engagement activities.Districts < $500,000 must also provide family and community engagement opportunities at the district and building levels.
71Parents’ Right-to-Know (§1111) At the beginning of the school year Title I district must notify parents of their right to request the following information regarding their child’s teachers:Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria.Whether the teacher is under emergency or provisional status.Whether the teacher has a baccalaureate degree, certification in the discipline field and other pertinent education.Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and, if so, their qualifications.Schools must notify parent when their child has been taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified.Parents Right-to-Know – Section 1111District and School Level ResponsibilityAccording to section 1111, Parents Right-to-Know, it is the responsibility of districts and schools to notify parents of each student that certain information may be requested and provided by the district (LEA) in a timely manner. The Parents Right-to-Know section requires the local school to provide each individual parent with information related to the qualifications and skills of teachers. The information should be presented in a manner that is practical and understandable for parents. It should also include the following:Information on the level of achievement of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments.Timely notification that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.Sources:No Child Left Behind Act of 2001107 Congress 1st Session – Title I
72Language Instruction Education Program (§1111) Not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, the district is required to inform the parent (s) of a limited English proficient child identified for participation in a language instruction educational program of the following:The reasons for the identification of their child as limited English proficient and in need of placement in a language instruction educational program.The child’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed, and the status of the child’s academic achievement.Language Instruction Program − Section 1111School-Level ResponsibilitiesThe LEA is also required to implement an effective means of outreach to parents of limited English proficient students to inform the parents how they can be involved in assisting their children in attaining English proficiency, achieve at high levels in the core academic subjects, and meet challenging state academic achievement standards. Parents of children in a language instruction educational program must receive information about the following:The methods of instruction used in the program and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instructional goals, and the use of English and a native language in instruction.How the program will meet the educational strengths and needs of their child.How the program will specifically help their child learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation.The specific exit requirements for the program, including the expected rate of transition form such program into classrooms that are not tailored for limited English proficient children, and the expected rate of graduation from secondary school for such program if funds under this part of NCLB are used for children in secondary schools.In the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program of the child.Information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance detailing the right of parents to have their child immediately removed from such a program upon their request; and assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than one program or method is offered by the eligible entity.Sources:No Child Left Behind Act of 2001107th Congress
73The Written Parental Involvement Policy (§1118) Describes how the district will:Involve parents in developing the district’s plan for school review and improvementProvide coordination, assistance and support to assist in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student performanceBuild schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvementCoordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with other programs (e.g., Head Start, Reading First etc.)Conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policyInvolve parents in the activities of schools served under Title IThe Written Parent Involvement Policy – Section 1118Local District Parent Involvement PolicyIncorporated into the district’s plan developed under NCLB section 1112Establish district’s expectations for parent involvement, and describe how the LEA will do the following:Involve parents in the joint development of the plan, and the process of school review and improvement.Provide coordination, technical assistance, and other supports to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement.Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I, Part A with parental involvement strategies under other programs (e.g., Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start).Conduct, with parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served under Title I, Part A, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by this section (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background), and use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies described in this section.Involve parents in the activities of the schools served under this part.Written School Parent Involvement PolicyDeveloped with, and distributed to parents of participating children; agreed on by parentsDescribes how the district will implement the requirements of this parental involvement section.Parents must be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand.Policy must be made available to the community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school
74The Written Parental Involvement Policy (§1118) School Policy RequirementsEach school must develop, jointly with parents of children participating in Title I services, a written school parental involvement policy that describes how the school will carry out the parental involvement requirements in §1118(c)-(f), including the development of a parent compact
75The School-Parent Compact: Shared Responsibility for High Student Achievement (§1118 ) Each school must develop a school-parent compact jointly with parents, student and teachers of students receiving Title I services that outlines:How parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.How the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.The School-Parent Compact − Section 1118Shared Responsibility for High Student AchievementOutlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.Describes the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment and address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an on-going basis through, at a minimum, the following:Parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually.Frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress.Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities.
76Annual Parent Meeting §1118(c)(1)(2) All Title I funded schools invite parents to attend a meeting to inform parents of Title I programMeeting must be documented (invitational flyer/letter, agenda, sign-in-sheets, and minutes)
77Title I Parental Involvement Notification Requirements for Districts * Includes sample templates
7910 Areas Subject to Waiver District improvement requirementsSchool improvement requirements100% Proficiency byRural districtsSchoolwide ProgramsRewards schoolsSupports for schools in need of improvementHighly-qualified teacher plansTransferabilityUse of School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds
80Waiver Implementation 2012-2014 Schools no longer identified as schools in need of improvement.Identify priority schools (lowest 5% of Title I participating and/or eligible schools)Identify focus schools (10% of Title I schools that contribute to the achievement gap)
81Waiver Implementation 2012-2014 Progress Targets: The NJDOE will calculate Progress Targets for schools and districts based on the goal of closing the achievement gap by half within six years.The Progress Targets are set in annual equal increments toward a goal of reducing by half the percentage of students in the “all students” group and in each subgroup who are not proficient within six years.
82Progress TargetsThe ‘all students’ group has a proficiency rate of 40%, so there is a 60% point gap between 100% proficiency and the current rate.(100 – 40 = 60)Divide the gap in half to determine the target for the sixth year – a gain of 30 percentage points.( 60 / 2 = 30)Divide the 30-percentage point gain into six equal increments to set annual targets.(30/6 = 5)The school in begins with 40% proficiency rate, and obtain proficiency rates of 45%, 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, and finally 70% in each of the following years of the six-year period.
83Waiver Implementation 2012-2014 Requirement for the NJDOE’s district and school report cards to identify a school in need of improvement and a district in need of improvement.Under the waiver, the Report Card will not identify schools as a School in Need of Improvement based solely on narrow AYP achievement targets.
84Waiver Implementation 2012-2014 Requirement for a school to have a poverty rate of 40% or higher to operate a Title I schoolwide program.The waiver allows districts to apply to operate a Title I schoolwide program in a Priority or Focus School with a poverty rate below 40%.
85Waiver Implementation 2012-2014 The requirement for districts reporting less than 100% of their teachers as meeting the definition of “Highly Qualified” to develop and implement an improvement plan.The waiver provides increased focus on the development of more meaningful evaluation systems for teachers.
86Web Site ResourcesNJ Department of Education Title I Parental Involvement Notification: US Department of Education Guidance NCLB Consolidated Subgrant Reference Manual President’s Blueprint for ReformWeb Site ResourcesThe following Web site resources have been included for you to find research and updated policies related to Title I.NJ Department of EducationUS Department of Education GuidanceLocal Education Agency Consolidated GuidelinesNew Jersey Professional Education Port (NJPEP)In addition the New Jersey Professional Education Port (NJPEP) will also provide information related to Title I at
87US Department of Education Non-Regulatory GuidanceTargeted AssistanceSchoolwide ProgramsParental InvolvementParaprofessionalsPrivate School ChildrenWeb site:USDOE Non-regulatory GuidanceInformation related to non-regulatory guidance for specific questions related to Title I, Part A programs is provided on the Title I Web site atTargeted Assistance ProgramsConsolidated GrantsPrivate School ChildrenPublic School ChoiceSupplemental Educational ServicesReport CardsParaprofessionalsTitle I FundingStandards and AssessmentComprehensive School ReformLEA and School ImprovementSummary and Analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s Regulation on Alternative Achievement Standards and Alternative Assessments under NCLB of 2001
89What Happens When Federal $$$ Are Misspent??????
90US Dept of Education- Office of Inspector General Accountability. Efficiency. Effectiveness. Oversight
91OIG Fraud NewsAccording to court documents, on June 20, 2007, BROOKS-SIMMS pled guilty to conspiracy to commit federal program fraud. She admitted she secretly conspired with a local businessman, to approve the purchase of an educational software program for the Orleans Parish School System. Jefferson received over $900,000 of Orleans Parish School Board money as his sales commission for selling the software program to the school board. In exchange for her assistance in promoting and approving the software program, BROOKS-SIMMS received approximately $140,000 as a bribe/reward from the Jefferson. Both BROOKS-SIMMS and the Jefferson funneled these payoffs through several bank accounts to disguise their illegality. On August 21, 2009, Jefferson was convicted by a federal jury after a two week trial and has been sentenced to serve ten (10) years in federal prison.
92OIG Fraud NewsTHOMPSON was employed at Langston Hughes Academy Charter School as the Business and Human Resources Manager/Financial Manager beginning approximately July 1, 2008 until approximately November 6, THOMPSON admitted that in her position at Langston Hughes Academy Charter School, she would make cash withdrawals while acting in her capacity as Business and Human Resources Manager/Financial Manager and then manipulated the school’s record in order to conceal the thefts. The amount of loss to Langston Hughes Academy Charter School is approximately $660,000.
93OIG Fraud NewsPHILADELPHIA—Rosemary DiLacqua, 51, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for honest services mail fraud committed while she was board president for the Philadelphia Academy Charter School (“PACS”), announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy. DiLacqua accepted a total of approximately $34,000 in payments from codefendant Kevin O’Shea, the former CEO of PACS, and another former school official that she did not disclose on her mandatory statement of financial interest form or to the other board members. After receiving these undisclosed payments, DiLacqua approved a series of salary increases for O’Shea and also a 20-year consulting contract for the other former school official that would have paid him in excess of $100,000 annually for no more than 90 days of consulting each year. When O’Shea left PACS the following Spring (May 2008), he was earning in excess of $200,000 in salary from PACS.
94OIG Fraud NewsFORMER CEO OF CHARTER SCHOOL SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS ON FRAUD, THEFT AND TAX CHARGESIn July 2009, O'Shea entered a guilty plea admitting that he stole between $400,000 and $1 million from PACS by: (1) using approximately $710,000 in PACS' funds to purchase a building in the name of his purported non-profit business; (2) demanding kickbacks from PACS vendors; (3) submitting for reimbursement at least $40,000 in fraudulent invoices for personal meals, entertainment, home improvements, and gas and telephone bills; (4) having approximately $50,000 worth of home repairs improperly billed to PACS; (5) collecting approximately $34,000 in rent from entities using PACS facilities; and (6) hiring a computer firm in an attempt to destroy computer evidence to obstruct this investigation. O'Shea also admitted to filing a false tax return for 2006.
95Board Minutes What should be in my Board minutes? Resolutions to:Apply for Funds (copy of budget statement)
96What should be in my Board minutes? EDGAR Part 80, Section 20 Appointment of TeachersNameSalarySchoolFunding Percentage for Each ProgramAppointment of Secretaries, Aides, Program Directors, etc.Work Location
97Final Expenditure Reports Must be consistent with budget (amendments filed through County Office) – EWEG MonitorsCANNOT:Move more than 10% of total funds, whichever is less, without State approval (filed through County Office)Add a budget category without State approval (filed through County Office)Carryover more than 15% of total amount received more than once every three years without State approval (Must have good reason) – NJDOE has a Waiver in Place
98Carryover of Funds (Set Asides) Some Carryover Funds are Restricted to the Original Intent and Purpose of the Funding**** Accounting Tracking Required ****Parental InvolvementIf these funds carried over, then can only be spent for original intent and purpose or must be refund to SEA
99Select Expenditures and Support Needed Fully-funded SalariesPeriodic certification signed at least semi-annuallySigned by employee and supervisor** New Model – October 2012- Click on “Sample Time and Activity Reports”
100Select Expenditures and Support Needed Split-funded SalariesPersonnel activity reportsSigned by employee and supervisorMust be an after-the-fact distribution of actual activityPrepared at least monthly and must coincide with pay periods
101Select Expenditures and Support Needed General PurchasesMust have purchase ordersMust have account number on P.O.Should indicate Title I purchasesSigned by Business AdministratorIf split P.O., Title I should be easily identifiableREMEMBER – Money spent in Individual Schools should EQUAL amount in Step 4 of Eligibility
102Select Expenditures and Support Needed EquipmentMaintain master inventory listing (Date, Serial Number, Model, Cost, Location)Each school should maintain subsidiary listingAll equipment should be labeled with “Title I” or equivalent tracking systemNeed to keep records for FIVE years past disposition (date needs to be on master list)Even if not equipment for GRANT purposes, if district has a lower threshold, then tracking of equipment is requiredIf less expensive to inventory than to replace, it should be inventoried
103Select Expenditures and Support Needed Employee BenefitsTPAF/FICA reimbursement applies only to teachers’ contracted salaries, supervisors and program directorsTPAF/FICA reimbursement report does not apply to aides, secretaries or clerical, stipends, substitute teachers or summer teachersAll other benefits based on actual cost, not budgeted percentages
104Select Expenditures and Support Needed Employee Benefits – TPAF/FICA Reimbursement Report
105Selected Items of Cost Special rules for specific expenses Still subject to basic guidelinesExamples:Alcohol: Never allowableSalaries and Wages: Allowable if time distributionMeetings and conferences: Allowable if dissemination of technical information
106Selected Items of Cost – Student Incentives The US Dept. of Education(ED) has indicated that an LEA may use Title I funds to provide “non-monetary” rewards of “nominal” value (e.g., Plaque, gift certificate, or book, etc.) in an effort recognize Title I students for good performance.Title I funds may NOT be used to pay students a stipend or provide some other type of award as an incentive for student participation in a Title I program
107Selected Items of Cost – Parent Incentives To encourage parents of Title I students to participate in school activities in the evening, an LEA may use Title I funds to provide light refreshments.Note, ESEA § 1118(e)(8) authorizes LEAs to use Title I funds for “parent-related” activities that are reasonable and necessary for expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including child care and transportation to enable parents to attend “school-related” meetings and training sessions
108Helpful Questions to Ask When Analyzing Costs Is the proposed cost consistent with federal cost principles? OMB A-87, Attachment BIs the proposed cost allowable under the relevant program? (Title I, IDEA, etc)Is the proposed cost consistent with an approved program plan and budget? (EWEG)Is the proposed cost consistent with program specific fiscal rules? (Supplement not Supplant)Is the proposed cost consistent with EDGAR?
109Expending FundsDocumentation required for both school-level and district-level expendituresDocumentation must explain:How is the expenditure reasonable and necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of the program?What need, as identified in the comprehensive needs assessment, does the expenditure address?How would the program, activity, or strategy be funded if the Title I, Part A funds are not available?
110Expending Funds Documentation must explain: If for a schoolwide campus, how will the expenditure upgrade the entire educational program on the campus?How is the expenditure supplemental to other nonfederal programs?How will the expenditure be evaluated to measure a positive impact on student achievement?
111Allowable Costs All Costs must be: Necessary Reasonable Allocable Legal under state and local law
112Nonpublic Expenditures Same Fiscal Rules ApplyOnly your districts studentsStudents that need extra servicesNO longer just supplies/computer – SERVICES ARE REQUIREDCarryoverFunds not Spent in Prior Year (Discretion)Automatic flow of district carryover in EWEG
113Nonpublic Expenditures Third Party Provider ContractsWhen bid, the specifications should have the Stephens Amendment wordingVendor Complaint PolicyDetails on who provides parental involvement activitiesRenting/Ownership of Supplies, Trailers, etc.Breakout of Invoices to Include:Instructional Salaries and BenefitsInstructional SuppliesRental of books, supplies, trailersAdministrative Charges/Profit
114Nonpublic Expenditures Third Party Provide ContractsAdministrative Costs of Third Party Providers counts against the District’s Five Percent (5%) Total Administrative CostsWho pays the Administrative Costs?Off the top allocation of the District of Other Title I Funds (USDOE Non Regulatory Guidance)
115Fiscal Policy District Policies on: Maintenance of Effort ComparabilitySupplement vs. Supplant
116*** Must Be Done Annually *** Fiscal PolicyMaintenance of EffortCurrent Expenditures (Not Including Capital Outlay)Less: Community ServicesDivided by: Average Daily EnrollmentCompare to prior year (current year/prior year) and must be at least 90%*** Must Be Done Annually ***
117Maintenance of Effort Example Fiscal PolicyMaintenance of Effort ExampleLineDescriptionAggregate ExpensesAverage DailyEnrollmentAmount PerStudent1Amount from$ ,098,944377.5013,507.142Amount LEA had to Spend in (90% of Line 1)$ ,589,05012,156.423Actual Amount Spent in$ ,095,897398.0012,803.764Amount District Failed to Maintain5Percent of Reduction inEXCESS$ ,847$
118(Elementary, Middle or High – Only 3 Groupings) Fiscal PolicyComparabilityCompare Like-Kind Grade Span Groupings(Elementary, Middle or High – Only 3 Groupings)Monitoring Coming Soon – Verify staffing
119Schoolwide ProgramsMUST have approved plan that addresses all schoolwide issuesTime sheets are required (except in a blended resource fund, e.g., Fund 15 for former Abbott districts)
120Frequently Asked Questions Time Sheets and Salaries Q: Multiple Federal Grants – If someone works on multiple federal grants, must their salary be allocated to all the grants since it is one large federal pot of money? A: Yes, since each is a separately funded program.
121Fiscal News from Washington New Haven Audit Report from Office of Inspector GeneralSupplanting in a Schoolwide Program
122Fiscal News from Washington William Floyd Audit Report from Office of Inspector GeneralUnsupported ExpensesUnsupported Adjusting Journal EntriesSupplanting of TextbooksWeak Internal Controls
123Fiscal News from Washington City of Detroit and Parent Involvement Fund2005Disallowed Charges for Entertainment, Promotional Items and Public RelationsNeed to be necessary, reasonable, allocable and documentedDisallowed items include advertising for an event and live musical entertainment at parent volunteer function
124Fiscal News from Washington City of Detroit -Revisit in 2008Over $131 Million in 2005 and $126 Million in 2006No Time Sheets – Almost $50 MillionTeaching non-Title I students – even though most of Detroit is schoolwide some schools are not (no plan submitted) and OIG looked to these schools and found staff being funded that were teaching non-Title I identified students. Detroit argued they could have been schoolwide if they did a plan and the OIG rejected this argumentOver $21 M for adjusting entries for employees that were charged to other programs and then charged to Title IGift cards they could not show got to students$150,000 for martial arts training
125Fiscal News from Washington OIG Audit-St. LouisLost 125 ComputersServing Ineligible Schools
126Fiscal News from Washington OIG AuditKiryas Joel Union Free School DistrictSupplanted funds by charging rent to lease building for public schoolCouldn’t Support Salaries for After School Program
127Fiscal News from Washington PhiladelphiaFindings totaling $138,376,068Unsupported salaries (some direct and some through adjusting entries)School police paid from Title I FundsSupplanting (moving company, etc)No backup for school choice charges of $1.3MWeak internal controls
128Fiscal News from Washington Maryland – Title I ARRA FundsFindings totaling $540,013$8,736 in gifts to staff$4,352 in Dinner Cruises in Baltimore HarborLack of Receipts for Expenses$200,323 in Unsupported Title I and IDEA Salaries$3,922 for tablets with no controls over them or applications that are downloaded (Items against policy – 22%)
129Fiscal News from Washington Former Charles County Public Schools Title I Coordinator Sentenced (Maryland).The former Title I coordinator was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay more than $115,300 in restitution for theft. The former official used Title I grant funds to purchase technology items for herself, family, and friends, including computers, video games consoles, portable media players, tablet computers, and televisions.
130Fiscal News from Washington Sandra Campbell, 57 a former Detroit Public Schools contract accountant and school board candidate, and her daughter, Domonique Campbell, 38, a Detroit Public Schools teacher, were convicted today by a federal jury in Detroit on charges of program fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and tax charges following a five-week jury trial, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. The jury returned its verdict after only one-and-a-half hours of deliberations. McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III and Special Agent in Charge, Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. The evidence presented at trial established that between 2004 and 2008, Sandra Campbell and Domonique Campbell obtained in excess of $530,000 from the Detroit Public Schools through a fraudulent scheme in which orders were placed with the Campbells’ sham company for books and educational materials never provided to the schools. Sandra Campbell and Domonique Campbell conspired to launder the fraud proceeds and to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and failed to report the money they fraudulently obtained from the Detroit Public Schools as income on their tax returns. United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said, “Anyone who considers stealing from our school children should take note that we are scrutinizing records and conduct, and will prosecute wrongdoers.”
131Common Audit FindingsLack of time sheets (or signature of employees/supervisors)Improper payroll distribution (not pro-rated)Purchase orders not indicating Title I (and adjusting entries to reclassify amounts)
132Common Audit Findings Policies not being updated for current law Supplanting on purchases of non-salaried itemsNot spending at the schools approved in the applicationNot liquidating within timelines (now less than prior year)
133ConclusionRemember:“If you take the money, you are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations concerning the grant.”If you need further help contact Anthony Hearn(609)
134609-943-4283 email@example.com When in Doubt, Reach Out!!