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:
Subpart 1: This funding is available to state agency programs. The USDOE allocates funds for this subpart to State educational agencies based on the number of children and youth in state-operated institutions and the State’s average per-pupil educational expenditures. Once USDOE determines a state’s Subpart 1 allocation, the state educational agency makes subgrants to each state agency based on either (1) its proportionate share of the state’s adjusted enrollment count of children and youth who are Part D-eligible or (2) programs with the highest need.
Subpart 2: This funding is available to local education agencies (such as school districts) and facilities that reside within the boundaries of these agencies. USDOE allocates funds for this subpart to ADE based on October case-load data on the number of children and youth living in local institutions for delinquent children and at-rsk institutions. ADE has the option of awarding subgrants to eligible local educational agencies by formula or through a discretionary (i.e., “competitive”) grant process. Arkansas grants these funds to facilities who reported ten (10) or more eligibles during the reporting period. Contact State Part D coordinator for exceptions.
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 facility or state agency in Arkansas to receive services provided with Title I, Part D funds, the facility:
Services from Title I, Part D funds, in Arkansas, are only available to residential delinquent facilities or at-risk 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. or at-risk. 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 from which funding will flow. 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 involve the following items:
Reviewers are checking for inclusion and mathematical accuracy.
In Phase II, applications are reviewed by the Title I office using a rubric. The reviewers will analyze the contents of your application, check for completeness and compliance with policies and federal laws, and provide written critiques.
After applications receive preliminary scoring, applications will then be forwarded to the Federal Grants Management office for FINAL budget and financial review. Upon approval, the Title I office will create grant award letters and the official application and grant award letter will be copied and sent to the school district or state agency and to the facility. Allow a minimum of 30 days for this process.
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