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Title VI, Part B - Rural Education Initiative

Guidance June 2003

Title program numbers referenced in the following information include:

  • Title I-A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
  • Title II-A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund (Teacher Quality)
  • Title II-D, Enhancing Education Through Technology
  • Title III, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
  • Title IV-A, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title V-A, Innovative Programs

Program Information

Part B of Title VI of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 establishes three separate Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) initiatives. Each is designed to help rural districts that may lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for federal competitive grants and that often receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. The three initiatives are:

  • The Alternative Uses of Funds Authority
  • The Small, Rural School Grant Program
  • The Rural and Low-Income School Program

Subpart 1: Alternative Uses of Funds

The Alternative Uses of Funds Authority is a flexibility provision that allows eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to combine funding under certain programs to carry out activities authorized under other specified federal programs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The total number of students in average daily attendance at all of the schools served by the local educational agency is fewer than 600 or
  • Each county in which a school served by the local educational agency is located has a total population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile and
  • All of the schools served by the local educational agency are designated with a school locale code of 7 or 8.

Flexibility Provision
LEAs are allowed to use up to 100% of funds under Titles II-A, II-D, IV-A, and V for activities authorized under Titles I, II-A, II-D, III, IV-A, and V.

Application
LEAs apply to the Colorado Department of Education for the federal No Child Left Behind formula funds via the Consolidated Federal Programs Application. Applicants identify which program funds they intend to use for activities authorized under the alternative programs.

Accountability
The State will determine, after three years of participation, whether the LEA participating in the program made adequate yearly progress. The State will permit only those that made adequate yearly progress to continue to participate, and permit those LEAs that failed to make adequate yearly progress to continue to participate only if such LEA uses the applicable funding to carry out school improvement activities described under Title I.

Subpart 1: Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program

The Small, Rural School Grant Program, which complements the Alternate Uses of Funds authority, authorizes the Secretary to award formula grants directly to eligible LEAs (i.e., those LEAs eligible under the Alternative Uses of Funds provision described above) to carry out activities authorized under specified federal programs.

Eligibility:

The criteria for eligibility are the same as the Alternative Uses of Funds provision. A list of Colorado districts and award amounts may be accessed at the U.S. Department of Education’s REAP Home Page at: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/reap.html

Application:

Eligible LEAs apply directly to the U.S. Department of Education via an electronic grants system Web site.

Authorized Use of Funds:

Funds may be used for activities authorized under Titles I, II-A, II-D, III, IV-A, and V.

Accountability:

The State will determine, after three years of participation, whether the LEA participating in the program made adequate yearly progress. The State will permit only those that made adequate yearly progress to continue to participate, and permit those LEAs that failed to make adequate yearly progress to continue to participate only if such LEA uses the applicable funding to carry out school improvement activities described under Title I.

Subpart 2: Rural Low-Income Schools Program

Under the Rural and Low-Income School Program, designed to address the needs of rural, low-income schools, the Secretary awards formula grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), which in turn award subgrants to eligible LEAs either competitively or on a formula basis. Colorado awards grants on a formula basis. The source for poverty-related data is the U.S. Census data, not the “free and reduced lunch” qualifying data.

Eligibility:

An LEA is eligible to receive Rural, Low-Income funds if:

  • 20 percent or more of the children ages 5 through 17 years served by the local educational agency are from families with incomes below the poverty line;
  • all of the schools served by the agency are designated with a school locale code of 6, 7, or 8, and
  • the LEA is not eligible for the Small, Rural Schools Achievement Program.

Use of Funds/Authorized Activities:

Districts that receive Rural, Low-Income funds may apply the funds toward the following programs and activities listed below:

  1. Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives
  2. Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to utilize technology to improve teaching and to train
  3. special needs teachers
  4. Educational technology, including software and hardware, as described in Title II-D
  5. Parental involvement activities
  6. Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program under Title IV-A
  7. Activities authorized under Title I-A
  8. Activities authorized under Title III

Application

LEAs apply to the Colorado Department of Education for the federal No Child Left Behind Act Title program formula funds via the Consolidated Federal Programs Application.

Accountability

The State will determine, after three years of participation, whether the LEA participating in the program made adequate yearly progress, and permit only those LEAs to continue to participate, and permit those LEAs that failed to make adequate yearly progress to continue to participate only if such LEA uses the applicable funding to carry out school improvement activities described under Title I.

Requirements

For further information

Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/reap.html.


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