In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law, with the mandate to "close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind." Title I, Part D, of NCLB, also called The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk, provides financial assistance to educational programs for youth in State-operated institutions or community day programs. The program also provides financial assistance to support school districts' programs involving collaboration with locally operated correctional facilities.
The goals of Title I, Part D are to: (1) improve educational services for youth who are neglected, delinquent, and at-risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system so they have the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content and achievement standards; (2) provide them with services to transition successfully from institutional settings to further schooling or employment; (3) prevent youth from dropping out of school; and (4) provide a support system to ensure the continued education of youth who either have dropped out or are returning from correctional facilities.
Although requirements differ for Subpart 1 and Subpart 2 programs, all agencies receiving Part D funds are required to:
In order for students of a facilities or State agency in Arkansas to receive services provided with Title I, Part D funds, the facility:
Title I, Part D funds, in Arkansas, are only available to residential delinquent facilities. Funding generated for Title I, Part D is determined through a formula based on census counts and data collected from the facility. This is called the Annual Count. The State Part D coordinator will work with both current and potentially funded agencies to identify children and youth who are delinquent. This report is required annually for all States. No sampling or estimating is allowed in preparation of the report. Since these data will generate Federal funds, they are subject to audit and must be supportable from documented records.
Title I funds generated by children in eligible facilities must supplement the number of hours of instruction they receive from State resources. The Annual Count is due from the facility the first Friday in December. Facility counts are submitted to ADE; ADE collects this data and submits a report to the USDOE. USDOE then uses these counts to determine allocations.
Preliminary amounts are released by the USDOE by May of each year and the Federal Grants Management office of ADE completes final allocations by the beginning of August. The allocation notifications usually follow in the form of a Commissioner’s Memo issued by ADE. The Commissioner’s Memo includes a list of eligible facilities and the school district of which the institution is located. This school district will be the entity that takes fiduciary responsibility. Funds generated by the delinquent eligibles create a separate allocation for the school district or state agency and must be used to provide Title I services to children residing in these institutions.
Remember, grant amounts are based on data submitted the previous year. Grant awards are effective up to 27 months following the award date; however, funds may be reallocated for non-response, not meeting initial deadline, not heeding deadlines for follow-up information or failing to submit reports in a timely manner.
After Financial Grants Management (FGM) distributes a Commissioner’s memo with final Title I allocations, Title I, Part D Application Packets will be mailed to all potential districts, State agencies, and facilities and are due 30 days after the release of the final allocations.
Although applications are mailed to districts, state agencies, and the facility, the actual completion of the application is ultimately the responsibility of the district or state agency. There is an expectation that there will be significant collaboration with the facility.
In Phase I, applications go through a preliminary review by administrative staff and involving the following items:
In Phase II, applications are reviewed by a peer review team. Each application will have at least two reads. The reviewers will analyze the contents of your application, check for completeness and compliance with policies and federal laws, and provide written critiques. Applicants should make sure the application is complete when submitted, as there will be significant limits on the kinds of post-submission information that will be allowed.
Reviewers will assign preliminary scores for each review criterion and for the application overall. The minimum overall score is 100. The applicants will have 30 days after they receive written critiques to make changes and respond to question or request for additional information. If after 30 days, the applicant has not responded or supplied acceptable information, the amount allocated to the facility will be reallocated in December of the current school year.
After applications receive preliminary scoring, applications will receive official approval for program content from the Title I office, will then be forwarded to the Federal Grants Management office for budget and financial review; upon approval, that office will create Grant Award letters. The Grant Award letter & application will be forwarded back to the Title I office for final processing and distribution. Copies will be sent to the school district or State agency and to the facility.
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