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Archived FedPro Message

SUBJECT:  Financial Updates

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE :  April 23, 2010

 

TOPICS:

Nonpublic School Consultation

Comparability of Services

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NONPUBLIC SCHOOL CONSULTATION 

As the public school district prepares for the 2010-2011 school year, keep in mind that timely and meaningful consultation with nonpublic schools is a requirement for receiving federal dollars.  The district can review final enrollment and economic deprivation data for nonpublic schools by using the two nonpublic reports at the website below.  The LEA must consult with appropriate private school officials prior to the LEA making any decisions that affect the opportunities of eligible private school children or teachers to participate in programs.  For most NCLB programs, public schools are required to obtain and submit to DESE written affirmation forms signed by private school officials as part of the application process.  The Federal Programs’ section has developed a complaint procedure process for nonpublic schools.  The public school should distribute this to the nonpublic schools during consultation.  These forms and reports may be accessed at:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/Nonpublicindex.html

COMPARABILITY OF SERVICES

As you plan your teaching assignments for the 2010-2011 school year, keep in mind that districts with multiple attendance centers must demonstrate comparability in order to receive Title I funding.  The comparability requirement states “An LEA may receive funds under Title I only if State and local funds will be used in schools served under Title I to provide services that, taken as a whole, are at least comparable to services in schools that are not receiving Title I funds.  If the LEA is serving all schools under Title I, the LEA may receive Title I funds if the LEA will use State and local funds to provide services that, taken as a whole, are substantially comparable in each school.  The LEA may meet the requirements on a grade-span-by-grade-span basis or a school-by-school basis.”

Comparability forms to assist you in checking your attendance centers are located on the Federal Programs website at:

http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/ComparabilityofServices.html

 

If you have questions, please contact my office.

Pat Kaiser

Director, Federal Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

Ph. 573-751-8643

Fax 573-526-6698

E-Mail:  pat.kaiser@dese.mo.gov