EHBD(LEGAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: FEDERAL TITLE I

Note: The following contains basic requirements for districts and schools receiving Title I, Part A funds, but does not represent a complete list of legal obligations of such districts and schools. Those districts and schools that receive Title I, Part A funds should carefully review federal and state requirements concerning use of those funds. [For federal accountability standards, see AID. For requirements regarding federal funding, see CBB.]

Parent and Family Engagement Plan

District Policy

  1. Involve parents and family members in jointly developing the district plan, and the development of support and improvement plans under paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 6311(d);
  2. Provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools within the district in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, which may include meaningful consultation with employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations, or individuals with expertise in effectively engaging parents and family members in education;
  3. Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies under Title I, Part A with parent and family engagement strategies to the extent feasible and appropriate, with other relevant federal, state, and local laws and programs;
  4. Conduct, with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of all schools served under Title I, Part A, including identifying:
    1. Barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by section 6318 (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);
    2. The needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers; and
    3. Strategies to support successful school and family interactions;
  5. Use the findings of the above evaluation to design evidence-based strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parent and family engagement policies described in section 6318; and
  6. Involve parents in the activities of the schools served under Title I, Part A, which may include establishing a parent advisory board comprised of a sufficient number and representative group of parents or family members served by the local educational agency to adequately represent the needs of the population served by such agency for the purposes of developing, revising, and reviewing the parent and family engagement policy.

School Policy

Fiscal Requirements

Maintenance of Effort

A district may receive funds under this part for any fiscal year only if TEA finds that the district has maintained their fiscal effort in accordance with 20 U.S.C. 7901. 20 U.S.C. 6321(a)

Supplement, Not Supplant

A district shall use federal funds received under Title I, Part A only to supplement, not supplant, the funds that would, in the absence of such federal funds, be made available from state and local sources for the education of students participating in programs assisted under Part A. 20 U.S.C. 6321(b)

Comparability

  1. A district-wide salary schedule;
  2. A policy to ensure equivalence among schools in teachers, administrators, and other staff; and
  3. A policy to ensure equivalence among schools in the provision of curriculum materials and instructional supplies.

Prohibited Use of Funds

  1. For construction, renovation, or repair of any school facility, except as authorized under ESEA;
  2. For transportation unless otherwise authorized under ESEA;
  3. To develop or distribute materials, or operate programs or courses of instruction directed at youth, that are designed to promote or encourage sexual activity, whether homosexual or heterosexual;
  4. To distribute or to aid in the distribution by any organization of legally obscene materials to minors on school grounds;
  5. To provide sex education or HIV-prevention education in schools unless that instruction is age appropriate and includes the health benefits of abstinence; or
  6. To operate a program of contraceptive distribution in schools.

Private Schools

Note: See DBA for qualifications of teachers in Title I programs.

Homeless Children

Mesquite ISD

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UPDATE 111

DATE ISSUED: 7/2/2018