Title VI: Flexibility and Accountability
To allow school districts the flexibility to target federal funds to programs that most effectively address the unique needs of their schools.
Allocations that may be transferred
Any school district (except those identified for improvement under Title I Section 1116(c) or subject to corrective action under Title I Section 1116(c)(9)) may transfer up to 50 percent of the funds allocated to it by formula under the following programs:
for authorized activities under the following programs:
Requirements for Transfer of Funds
Any transferred funds are subject to the requirements of the programs to which they are transferred.
A school district that wants to transfer funds must indicate that on its Consolidated Application for Federal Title Program Funds. If during the year, it becomes necessary to transfer funds, a school district must amend its Consolidated Application at least 30 days before the effective date of the transfer.
A school district must consult with the nonpublic schools in its district before a transfer is requested.
Schools Identified for Program Improvement
School districts identified for improvement under Title I Section 1116(c) may only transfer up to 30 percent of the funds allocated to it by formula as stated above to its allocation for program improvement under Title I section 1003 or to any of the programs stated above if the transferred funds are used only for program improvement activities consistent with Title I Section 1116(c).
Schools Identified for Corrective Action
School districts identified for corrective action may not transfer any funds under the transferability authority.
To address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for competitive grants and that receive allocations that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
Alternative Uses of Funds Authority (Title VI Section 6211)
This initiative allows eligible school districts to combine the formula funding under
for authorized activities under
Eligible school districts must have an average daily attendance of less than 600 OR each county in which a school is served by a school district is located has a population density of fewer than 10 people per square mile AND a Locale Code of 7 or 8.
School districts that participate in the REAP are expected to participate for at least three years. School districts may not jump in and out of the program.
Eligible school districts wishing to participate in the Alternative Uses of Funds must indicate that on the Consolidated Application.
Small, Rural School Grant Program (Section 6212)
This initiative is a formula grant directly to the eligible (same eligibility requirements as stated above) school districts from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant is not administered by DPI. School districts should receive between $20,000 and $60,000 IF there is sufficient funding to pay this full amount. If not, allocations will be ratably reduced. The U.S. Department of Education will determine the amount of the allocations for the eligible districts. Districts may use this grant for any authorized activities under Titles I Part A and II Part A.
Rural and Low-Income School Program (Sections 6221 through 6224)
This initiative is a small grant program from the U.S. Department of Education to DPI for awarding subgrants to eligible school districts. DPI will award these subgrants on a competitive basis and will not be part of the Consolidated Application. These funds may be used for the following purposes:
Eligible school districts must have 20 percent or more of the students ages 5-17 from families with incomes below the poverty line; a Locale Code of 6, 7, or 8; AND are not eligible to receive a Small, Rural School Grant (as described above).
Accountability requirements for participation in these three initiatives are that the district must administer the statewide assessment that is consistent with the Title I requirements and after the third year must show adequate yearly progress as defined in the new law. Only those school districts that have made adequate yearly progress may continue to participate in the programs. School districts that failed to make adequate yearly progress may continue to participate only if they use the applicable funding to carryout the requirements of Title I Section 1116 (school improvement provisions).