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For more information about the programs discussed below,

please contact the Federal Grants Management Section (573) 751-3468.

NONPUBLIC INFORMATION

Date:  March 12, 2009

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  1. Nonpublic Reports Available
  2. U.S. Department of Education Publication
  3. Evaluation of Nonpublic Services
  4. Statement of Nonpublic School Consultation and Participation Forms
  5. Complaint Procedures for Nonpublic Schools

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1.  Nonpublic Reports Available For LEA

 

It is the public school district’s responsibility to review for accuracy the information submitted on the Nonpublic Registration Forms.  This information will be used to determine allocations for nonpublic services for the 2009-2010 school year.  If you feel the information is not accurate, consult with the nonpublic schools.  If errors are found, the nonpublic schools may make changes to their registration form through the end of March.  No changes will be accepted after March 31, 2009.

No Child Left Behind requires timely and meaningful consultation between public school district personnel and representatives of private schools.  Through consultation, it is the public school district’s responsibility to assist the private schools with the Nonpublic Registration Forms.  If the private school chooses not to participate, it is imperative that the public school district document their effort regarding contact with the private school. 

There are two reports available at the Federal Programs’ web page under Financial Management, Nonpublic, Nonpublic Reports at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/Nonpublicindex.html .

For Title I purposes, review the information on the Nonpublic Title I Report to determine which nonpublic schools have students residing within your school district.  For the rest of the federal programs, review the enrollment information on the Nonpublic Information Report. 

2.  U.S. Department of Education Publication

 

The U.S. Department of Education has published a Title I Resource Tool Kit entitled Ensuring Equitable Services to Private School Children.  This publication is available at the Financial Management, Nonpublic site on DESE’s web at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/TitleIToolKit.pdf .

 

3.  Evaluation of Nonpublic Services

 

An LEA must annually assess the progress of the Title I program toward enabling private school Title I participants to meet the agreed-upon standards.  Every year the LEA and private school officials must consult on what constitutes annual progress for the Title I program.  LEAs must determine in consultation with the private school officials the standards that will be used to measure the effectiveness of the Title I program, what assessment will be used to measure the agreed upon standards and what constitutes annual progress for the Title I program.  The district may assess the progress of the nonpublic Title I students during the same meeting in which they assess the public school Title I students.  The district must keep documentation of this evaluation process.

For more information on these requirements, review Section E of the non-regulatory guidance.  This document is available under No Child Left Behind, Legislation and Guidance, Title I Services to Eligible Private School Children, Non-Regulatory Guidance, October 17, 2003 at the following website:

http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/grantmgmnt/NCLB_PDF/Title_I_%20Services_Eligible_Nonpublic_School_Children_NRG.pdf .

This is also available in Section 5 – Standards, Assessments, And Program Modifications in the publication Ensuring Equitable Services to Private School Children – A Title I Resource Tool Kit. 

 

4.  Statement of Nonpublic School Consultation and Participation Forms

 

The public school is required to consult with nonpublic schools before decisions are made that could affect nonpublic services.  This consultation must be timely and meaningful.   The consultation must include discussions of what services will be provided, when and where the services will be provided, and how and by whom the services will be provided.  The Public/Private Design for Education Service form should be used to document this discussion.

After consultation with the nonpublic schools, districts are required to submit the Statement of Nonpublic School Consultation and Participation forms to DESE.  These forms are required before the consolidated application can be accepted.  The Nonpublic Reports mentioned in item three above will help you determine which nonpublic schools should be included in the consultation process.  For public school districts that are on the Title I bypass program, you are not required to submit consultation forms for the Title I program.

The consultation forms and the public/private design form can be found under Financial Management, Nonpublic at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/Nonpublicindex.html .

 

5.  Complaint Procedures For Nonpublic Schools

 

The public school district must distribute a copy of the Complaint Procedures for Nonpublic Schools to the nonpublic schools during consultation.  This complaint procedure may be accessed under Financial Management, Nonpublic at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/Nonpublicindex.html .

If you have questions, please feel free to contact my office.

Pat Kaiser

Director, Federal Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

Ph. 573-751-8643

Fax 573-526-6698

E-Mail:  pat.kaiser@dese.mo.gov

 


 

 


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of School Improvement - Federal Grants Management
Email: webreplyfgm@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-3468 Fax: 573-526-6698
Revised: May 10, 2007

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