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Title VI, 3 Initiatives


Part B of Title VI of the reauthorized ESEA contains three separate Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) initiatives that are 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

1. The Alternative Uses of Funds Authority

The REAP Alternative Uses of Funds Authority is a flexibility provision that allows eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to combine funding under Title IIA, Title IID, Title IVA and Title V to carry out local activities under other specified Federal programs.

Funds combined under the Alternative Uses of Funds Authority may be used to carry out local activities under one or more of the following Federal programs

  • Part A of Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children)
  • Part A of Title II (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
  • Part D of Title II (Enhancing Education Through Technology)
  • Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students)
  • Part A of Title IV (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities)
  • Part B of Title IV (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
  • Part A of Title V (Innovative Program

2. The Small, Rural School Grant 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 program described above) to carry out activities authorized under other specified Federal programs.

The Department awards funds under this program on a formula basis to eligible LEAs. An LEA is eligible for an award if

(a) The total number of students in average daily attendance (ADA) at all of the schools served by the LEA is fewer than 600; or each county in which a school served by the LEA is located has a total population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and

(b) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 7 or 8 by the Department's National Center for Education Statistics; or the Secretary has determined, based on a demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the SEA, that the LEA is located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the State.

To determine whether or not an LEA is eligible for this program, refer to the Spreadsheet For Small, Rural School Achievement Program And Rural Low-Income School Program. Acrobat Reader

By statute, an LEA's allocation will be determined as follows

  • $20,000 plus $100 for each student in ADA above 50 to a maximum amount of $60,000, minus the total amount of fiscal year (FY) 2001 funds received under Title II- Eisenhower Program; Title IV- Safe and Drug Free Schools; Title VI- Innovative Programs; Class-Size Reduction Program.
  • This amount is ratably reduced or increased depending upon the amount appropriated for the program. The ratable reduction for the current award cycle is approximately 18%.

(Please note: That, by statute, an LEA that is eligible for the Small Rural School Achievement Program is not eligible to receive funds under the Rural and Low-Income School Program, even if - as a result of the formula - it did not receive any funds under the Small Rural School Achievement program.)

Funds received under the Small, Rural School Achievement Grant Program may be used to carry out activities authorized under one or more of the following Federal programs

  • Part A of Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children)
  • Part A of Title II (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
  • Part D of Title II (Enhancing Education Through Technology)
  • Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students)
  • Part A of Title IV (Safe and Drug-Free Schools)
  • Part B of Title IV (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
  • Part A of Title V (Innovative Programs)

LEAs Eligible for the Small Rural School Achievement Program (SRSA), U.S. Department of Education

3. The Rural and Low-Income School 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 New Hampshire which in turn awards subgrants to eligible LEAs on a formula basis. The funds are to be used to carry out activities specified by the statute.

Eligible LEAs will apply directly to the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) for funds under this program.

An LEA is eligible to apply to NHDOE for a subgrant under the Rural and Low-Income School Program if

(a) The LEA is not eligible for a grant under the Small, Rural School Achievement Program;

(b) 20 percent, as determined by the latest census figures available, or more of the children ages 5 through 17 years served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line; and

(c) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 6, 7, or 8.

For questions regarding eligibility, LEAs should review the New Hampshire spreadsheets and instructions showing eligibility data.

Each State will receive an amount equal to its share of the total number of students in ADA in all eligible districts nationally. New Hampshire awards funds competitively, by a formula based on ADA.

Funds received under the Rural and Low-Income School Program may be used for

  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher professional development
  • Educational technology as described in Part D of Title II
  • Parental involvement activities
  • Activities authorized under Part A of Title IV (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities)
  • Activities authorized under Part A of Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children)
  • Activities authorized under Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students)

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