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Archived FedPro Message

SUBJECT:  Compliance Requirements Reminder

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  September 9, 2010

Districts and schools supported by Title I funds must meet certain compliance requirements in exchange for the use of those funds.  Several of the requirements are related to informing parents of their rights or of how they might be better involved in the successful education of their children.  The following are some of the notifications and parent involvement policies required of Title I funded districts and schools.

Parent/Guardian Notifications

 

ESEA requires notification to parents/guardians when any of the following situations exist in a LEA receiving Federal funds:

 

 

Parents Right to Know

 

At the beginning of each school year, a participating LEA must notify the parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds that the parents/guardians may request, and the LEA will provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. The notices and information provided to parents must be in a format and language that is easily understood by all parents and must include a contact name and appropriate contact information (telephone number, e-mail address, street/mailing address).

 

The information available to parents will include, at a minimum, the following:

 

Buildings receiving Title I funds must provide to each individual parent:

 

Parent Involvement

 

Programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents/guardians must be implemented in order for a LEA to receive a Title I allocation. Parental involvement shall include participation of parents in ongoing and meaningful communication about student academic learning and other school activities, ensuring that parents/guardians:

 

 

LEA Parent Involvement Policy

 

Each LEA must have a written parent involvement policy jointly developed with, agreed with, and distributed to parents of participating children. The policy must be approved by the LEA board of education and should describe how the LEA will meet the six requirements to build parents’ capacity:

If the LEA has a policy apart from Title I that involves all parents, that policy may be amended to meet these requirements.

 

School Parent Involvement Plan

 

In addition to the LEA policy, each Title I building must jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children a written parent involvement plan. The plan must be updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school and be in a format and language readily understood by parents and LEA personnel. If the building already has a plan for involving all parents, that plan may be revised to meet the federal requirements.

 

For LEAs with allocations over $500,000, one percent of the allocation is budgeted and

used for parent involvement activities, including promoting family literacy and parenting

skills; 95% of the one percent is distributed to the buildings.

The written plan must address all of the following requirements and must be distributed to parents.  Strategies for Communication (Policy Involvement)--Each building must:

 

Notices and Information LEAs with Title I, Part A-funded language instruction educational programs must provide to parents of limited English proficient students

 

LEAs using Title I, Part A funds to provide a language instruction educational program (as defined in Part C of Title III of the ESEA) must provide the following information to a parent or parents of limited English proficient children identified for participation or participating in such a program:

LEAs must provide the above information to parents not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year for those children identified before the beginning of the school year as limited English proficient.  For children identified after the beginning of the school year as limited English proficient, LEAs must provide the above information to parents within the first 2 weeks of the child being placed in a language instruction educational program.

In addition, if a language instruction educational program has not made progress on the annual measurable achievement objectives under section 3122 of the ESEA, the eligible entity using the Title I, Part A funds must provide separate notification to parents of a child identified for participation in, or participating in, that program to inform them of that failure not later than 30 days after the failure occurs[Section 1112(g)(1), (2), and (3), ESEA.]

Do parents of private school children in Title I, Part A programs have the right to equitable in parental involvement activities? 

 

Yes.  Under participation the equitable participation provisions of Title I, Part A, an LEA must provide eligible children enrolled in private elementary and secondary schools, on an equitable basis, special education services and other benefits under Title I, Part A, including parental involvement services and activities, that are comparable to the services and benefits provided to their public school counterparts.  The amount of funds available to provide equitable services from the applicable reserved funds must be proportionate to the number of private school children from low-income families residing in the participating public school attendance areas.

As part of complying with this requirement, an LEA must provide equitable services to parents of private school participants from the funds set aside for this purpose.  Activities for the parents of private school participants must be planned and implemented after meaningful consultation with private school officials and parents and conducted either in conjunction with the LEA’s parental involvement activities or independently.  Activities that LEAs can provide parents that will assist private school students in achieving high academic standards include a written agreement between the LEA and parents of private school participants regarding the responsibilities of the LEA and parents in the Title I program, parent meetings, communication between the Title I teachers and parents on students’ academic progress, parent-teacher conferences, and parent education.  [Section 200.65(a)(2) of the Title I Regulations and Section 1120, ESEA.]

Additional information related to the compliance requirements for ESEA programs can be found at:

http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/documents/administrativemanual.pdf .

Stephen Barr

Coordinator, Federal Grants and Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

Telephone:  (573) 751-2046